Course preparation varies by school. It is the responsibility of each student to confirm requirements for the specific schools to which they may be applying.    Minimum pre-requisites for most PA programs would require the following UST courses:


  • BIOL 207 Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution
  • BIOL 208 Biological Communication and Energetics
  • BIOL 209 Biology of Sustainability
  • BIOL 356 Microbiology

Anatomy & Physiology*

  • BIOL 349 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology: Locomotion and Systems Regulation 
    & BIOL 350 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology: Energy Acquisition and Processing

  • EXSC 213 Human Anatomy & EXSC 214 Human Physiology

    *IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to avoid a course not being accepted by a PA program, we advise Pre-PA students to investigate individual schools they are interested in attending to find out about the acceptability of specific anatomy and physiology courses in advance of taking them.


  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I(Note: CHEM 115 Accelerated General Chemistry can substitute for CHEM 111 & 112)
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 440 Biochemistry I

Health & Exercise Science

  • EXSC 240 Medical Terminology (2 credits)


  • PHYS 109 General Physics I or PHYS 211 Classical Physics I
  • PHYS 110 General Physics II or PHYS 212 Classical Physics II


  • MATH 113 Calculus I (Note: MATH 108 & 109 Calculus with Review I & II can substitute for 113)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I


  • PSYC 111 General Psychology

In addition to General Psychology, some programs may require:

  • PSYC 202 Lifespan Development and/or
  • PSYC 301 Psychopathology

Plus, many PA programs require a minimum number of hours of direct patient care experience.  Students are advised to consult individual programs in order to be sure they are meeting this requirement.