Pre-Physician Assistant Pathway

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Admissions Pathway

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 & HPO Resources

UTSA does not offer a degree for Physician Assistant Studies. Students can complete their pre-requisites toward PA school application.

Semester Pre-requisite Course Sequence Guide Activity Log Template

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 1203 + BIO 1201 (lab) and

BIO 1223 + BIO 1221 (lab) (*new course numbers effective fall 2022)

BIO 2313;

MMI 3713 + MMI 3722 (lab) (previously BIO 3713+3722)

Anatomy & Physiology

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)

UTMB now requires Biochemistry as pre-requisite for PA admission

BCH 3303 Effective Fall 2024 this is the new course number for non-chemistry majors.
BCH 3313 this is the new course number for Chemistry/Biochemistry majors.

Statistics (approved courses)

STA 1053 or STA 1403 or PSY 2073


* BIO 1404 and BIO 1414 (previous Biology course number still meet approved Biology pre-requisites)

* BIO 3513 or CHE 3303 or CHE 3313 (previous catalog course numbers will still meet the UTMB PA school pre-requisite for Biochemistry).