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Recommended courses at OBU for entry into PA programs.

Applicants must have a degree. The typical applicant will major in Biology. A science major is not required as long as the prerequisites are met. UAMS prerequisites are in bold; recommended courses are in italics. Harding has more flexibility, but the listed courses will also cover Harding’s requirements. Texas PA programs vary slightly in requirements. All prerequisite courses require a C or higher.  CLEP is not accepted for prerequisite courses (unless non-prerequisite higher courses are taken in addition). Either a B.A. or a B.S. degree will suffice. See links below.

First Year

BIOL 1014    Zoology

BIOL 1024   Botany

MATH 1003   College Algebra*

*or higher Math course as prerequisite to Elementary Statistics

Second Year

CHEM 1004   General Chemistry 1

CHEM 1014   General Chemistry 2

BIOL 2014   Anatomy & Physiology 1

BIOL 2024   Anatomy & Physiology 2

MATH 2063   Elementary Statistics

PSYC 1013   General Psychology

Third Year

BIOL 4053   Genetics

BIOL 4064   Cell & Molecular Biology

 CHEM 3004   Organic Chemistry 1

CHEM 3104   Organic Chemistry 2

PSYC 3093   Abnormal Psychology

SOCI 1003 Introduction to Sociology

Fourth Year

BIOL 3014   Microbiology

BIOL 3064   Neuroscience

NSCI 4002   Medical Terminology

BIOL 4013   Histology & Microtechniques

SPCM 1003   Fundamentals of Public Speaking


Physician Assistant programs vary in their admission requirements. Some require little or no patient work experience; other require quite a lot of patient experience. For example, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) PA program requires 500  hours of patient care. While shadowing is important, it does not count toward patient care hours. Click here for a detailed list of UAMS requirements: http://www.uams.edu/chrp/pa/admission_requirements.asp. Harding PA program requires at least 100  hours of patient care and does count shadowing. Click here for a detailed list of Harding requirements: http://www.harding.edu/PAprogram/Admission.html#other. Texas PA programs can be accessed through the following link: http://www.tapa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=24. Only Texas Tech does not require an undergraduate degree.