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Bachelor's Degree

For summer 2015 admission, the bachelor's degree must be earned prior to the end of spring term 2015.  The Program doesn't require the degree to be from a specific major, however the majority of  students enter the program with degrees from science majors including Biology, Chemistry, and General Science.  We have also accepted competitive applicants with bachelor's degree in Psychology, English, History, Art History, Communications, etc.  In general, applicants with limited science credits will need to obtain them as a post-baccalaureate student. 

Prerequisite Overview

Required courses must be taken at accredited community colleges or universities.  We accept both upper and lower division credits to meet specific prerequisite courses.  The prerequisites with accompanying required labs should be taken on-campus, not online. Specifically, the A&P with lab requirement will not be accepted if taken as an online course or lab. A&P with lab must be taken in person.  Prerequisites without the required labs, Psychology and Statistics, can be taken online from accredited institutions.  

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. (Note that the average for students admitted this past admissions cycle was 3.51).

If using AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) credit for biology, chemistry, psychology, or statistics requirements, the AP/IB credit must show on an official transcript from the community college or university accepting the AP/IB credit. 

Required Prerequisite Courses

For June 2015 admission, applicants must complete all prerequisite course work with a grade of C (2.0) or better by December 31, 2014.  All courses must be taken from a regionally accredited institution.  Unless otherwise noted, Pass/No Pass, AP credit, or IB credit will not be accepted to fulfill the prerequisites below.  

The requirements indicate the MINIMUM required, competitive applicants will generally apply with more than the minimum. 

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Bachelor's degree

Complete by the end of spring term prior to matriculation

No specific major is required.

Overall Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics (BCP) credits

Minimum of 30 semester credit hours or 40 quarter credit hours; can include the Biology and Chemistry prereqs below

BCP coursework is counted as courses taken in the biology, chemistry, and/or physics departments and are medically, human, and/or animal science related. These credits can include the required biology, chemistry, microbiology, and A&P courses. The Program doesn't count plant, marine, environmental, exercise science, nutrition, etc., courses towards the minimum BCP required.

Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab(s); taken within 7 years of planned matriculation

2 semester courses or 3 quarter courses of a combined A&P with lab; will also accept 1 semester Anatomy with Lab and 1 semester Physiology with Lab

Must be completed within 7 years of planned PA program matriculation.If the last anatomy/physiology with lab was taken over 7 years ago as of planned matriculation, then a refresher of at least 1 semester or 1 quarter course of A&P with a lab is required (refreshing the full A&P with lab sequence is preferred). Labs are required. Prefer in-person lecture and lab.Online A&P w/lab is not accepted. A hybrid with online A&P lecture with an in-person lab will be acceptable.If applicant attended a WA state school, the program will accept the 2 quarters of 5 credits to meet the minimum

Microbiology with Lab

One course with lab; minimum 3 credits

The lab is required. Will NOT accept Bacteriology to meet requirement.

Biology; Lab(s) highly recommended

Minimum 8 semester credits/10 quarter credits

This requirement can be fulfilled through a combination of the following courses: general bio, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics.  The courses can be non-sequential, as long as the minimum credit hours are met. Labs are highly recommended.  Will accept AP or IB credit towards this requirement.

Chemistry; Lab(s) highly recommended

Minimum 8 semester credits/10 quarter credits

The chemistry requirement can be fulfilled through a combination of the following courses: general chem, inorganic chem, organic chem, biochem., etc. The courses can be non-sequential as long as the minimum credits are met.   Labs are highly recommended.  Will accept AP or IB credit towards this requirement.

General or Developmental Psychology

One course, minimum of 3 credits

General Psychology, Human Development, Introduction to Psychology.  Will accept AP or IB credit towards this requirement.

Biostatistics or Statistics

One course, minimum of 3 credits

Will accept courses offered through math, stats, bio, psych, or soc departments; business statistics will not be accepted.  Will accept AP or IB credit towards this requirement.

Highly Recommended Courses

  • 300-400 level (upper division)Biology and Chemistry courses
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Immunology
  • Other courses which may be beneficial to a future health care provider (e.g., epidemiology, medical terminology, etc.)
  • Spanish language course(s)