Pre-Physician Assistant


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At Morningside University, our pre-physican program aims to provide comprehensive coursework in biology, chemistry, and physics while cultivating strong critical thinking and writing skills. We understand the importance of courses that prepare students for PA programs, and our recommended majors in biology and/or chemistry ensure you are well-prepared. With personalized advising and opportunities for additional science courses and internships, our Morningside graduates consistently achieve high acceptance rates and excel in their medical degree pursuits.


Pre-Physican Assistant


A Great Fit For

  • Detail-oriented individuals: With the extensive prerequisites and requirements for medical school, being detail-oriented is crucial to ensure all the necessary coursework and experiences are completed accurately and efficiently.
  • Science enthusiasts: Pre-medical majors typically involve significant coursework in biology and chemistry.
  • Goal-driven and ambitious individuals: Pursuing a career in medicine requires dedication, perseverance, and a strong drive to succeed.
  • Collaborative team players: As future healthcare professionals, being able to effectively collaborate with peers, communicate well, and contribute positively to group dynamics is essential.

Your Undergraduate Path

Students at Morningside University who identify as Pre-Physician Assistant typically major in Biology and/or Chemistry and then add appropriate prerequisites. However, each institution offering a Physician Assistant program has its own undergraduate prerequisites, so applicants should contact the school or college of their choice for specific requirements. Be sure to consult with your Academic Adviser, Faculty Adviser, or an adviser at the school or college of physician assistant that you plan to attend.

Typical Plan of Study

  • General Biology with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Physics with Lab (2 semesters)
  • General Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry) with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Calculus, or in some cases Algebra/Statistics (1-2 semesters)
  • English (2 semesters)


Typically, students at Morningside University who identify as Pre-Physician Assistant major in Biology and/or Chemistry and then add appropriate prerequisites.


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Applying to Physician Assistant School

Requirements for admission usually include the following:

  • Academic prerequisites
  • GRE test
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities and community involvement
  • A competitive GPA

Maximize your Undergraduate Experience

Students need to also consider the following requirements during their undergraduate path:

  • Academic prerequisites
  • Maintain a strong GPA
  • Seek out research experiences in biology, chemistry, or other relevant fields
  • Gain exposure in the healthcare field to get firsthand exposure to patient care and the role of physician assistants
  • Engage in extracurricular activities that demonstrate your leadership skills, teamwork abilities, and commitment to community service
  • Cultivate strong relationships with professors, advisors, and mentors who can guide and support you throughout your journey towards medical school
  • Begin preparing for the GRE early

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