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Pre-Physician Assistant Track at Hope College

What classes do I need to take? Courses Required or Recommended

The pre-requisite courses for physician assistant (PA) programs vary widely at the different graduate PA schools. Due to this variation, it is essential for early academic planning that students identify several PA graduate programs that they would want to apply and/or attend. A list of PA programs in the US is found here.

Every PA program director sets the pre-requisite course requirements for their PA program, but the most common pre-requisites are:

  • BIOLOGY
  • General Biology I + lab (Biol 105 + Biol 107) [formerly Biol 260]
  • General Biology II + lab (Biol 106 + Biol 108) [formerly Biol 240]
  • Human Anatomy+ lab (Biol 222)
  • Human Physiology + lab (Biol 221)
  • CHEMISTRY
  • General Chemistry I (Chem 125) + Gen Chem Lab I (Chem 127)
  • General Chemistry II (Chem 126) + Gen Chem Lab II (Chem 128)
  • (or another option for General Chemistry is:)
  • Accelerated General Chemistry (Chem 131) + Accel Gen Chem Lab (Chem 132)
  • Organic Chemistry I (Chem 221) + Org Chem Lab I (Chem 255)
  • Organic Chemistry II (Chem 231) + Org Chem Lab IIA (Chem 256)
  • Biochemistry I (Chem 311)
  • MATH
  • Statistics (Math 210 or Math 311/312)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • Psychology (Psy 100)

Other required &/or recommended courses may include:

  • College Physics (Phys 105/141 & 106/142)
  • Genetics (Bio 356)
  • Microbiology (Biol 231 or Biol 301)
  • Sociology Intro (101) and upper level (333)
  • Medical Ethics (IDS 454 or PHIL 344)
  • Nutrition (Kin 307)
  • Medical Terminology (offered at Hope as a May or June term)
  • Pathophysiology (Nursing 315)

What do I major in? Choice of Major

PA schools seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds. Students should select a major area of study that is of interest to them and will provide a career alternative. PA schools are most concerned with the overall quality and scope of undergraduate work and level of rigor; not with the specific academic major. Many Hope College students who have gone on to graduate PA programs have majored in biology, chemistry, exercise science or psychology since they have had academic interest in these areas and many of the required classes are in these areas.

More Important Information on pre-PA track

For current Hope College students, questions related to pre-Physician Assistant track, please contact HPA Professor T Prokopow.

For all other, please contact Hope College Admissions.