There are 143 accredited physician assistant (PA) programs in the United States. They are located at medical schools and centers, hospitals, two- and four-year colleges and universities, and in the uniformed forces. It is important to contact schools to discuss prerequisites and determine Wooster equivalents when necessary. Contact the Pre-Health Coordinator for access to a password-protected, online directory of PA programs.
Required college-level courses include basic sciences; math; English/writing; some specialized science courses, such as anatomy/physiology, microbiology, physics; computer sciences; and medical terminology.
Example of Coursework Requirements - University of Toledo
In addition to the above coursework, PA programs may either require or strongly recommend one or more advanced level undergraduate courses including, but not limited to: genetics, biochemistry, immunology, physics, psychology, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, mathematics, statistics, nutrition.
* The College of Wooster does not offer Human Anatomy. Students have taken Human Anatomy at Wayne College or over a summer at a local college or university.
** Check with the PA school to determine which of the Wooster psychology courses will be accepted.
*** Students have the option to take online medical terminology courses.
Minimum GPA’s can range from 2.8 to 3.0 or above. Prerequisites generally require a grade of B- or better.
PA programs typically require the GRE.
Previous health care experience/exposure is strongly recommended. Some schools require a certain number of observation hours (up to 40 hours) and/or a required number (up to 500) of total health care experience hours, including volunteer. A current CPR certificate may also be required. Two to three individual letters of recommendation are required.
A student may submit a committee letter, but it would only count as one of the required letters of recommendation.
All applicants apply via the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
Areas of Study
1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, Ohio 44691. (330) 263-2000
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