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Pre-Physician Assistant

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Degree

Physician Assistants provide a wide range of healthcare diagnostic and treatment services under the supervision of physicians. Their duties may include taking medical histories, performing physical examinations, ordering laboratory tests and writing prescriptions, treating minor injuries, assisting in the operating room.



Timeline for physician assistant school applicants. This timeline is subject to change based on students’ competitiveness and readiness to apply.

physician assistant school application timeline

Pre-requisite Coursework

Before applying to a Physician Assistant Studies program, schools will expect you to establish academic readiness through undergraduate coursework. Physician Assistant schools have specific coursework that is required for admission.

Research the requirements of the schools where you plan to apply as PA course requirements will and can vary from school to school. You can consult the individual PA school websites for information on admission requirements.

Common Coursework Requirements for Texas PA Programs

The below science and math courses are common among each individual PA program; students should check individual websites for additional course pre-requisite requirements.

Biology requirements: BIO 1404; BIO 1414; BIO 2313; BIO 3713 + BIO 3722 (lab); BIO 2053 + BIO 2051 (lab), and BIO 2063 + BIO 2061 (lab)

Chemistry requirements: CHE 1103 + CHE 1121 (lab); CHE 1113 + CHE 1131 (lab); CHE 2603 + CHE 2612 (lab)

Statistics: STA 1053; STA 1403; or PSY 2073