Pre-Physician Assistant

Offered by Health Science Programs

A candidate for admission to the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center must have successfully completed a Bachelor's Degree and the following required courses. The following courses will also fulfill requirements at Union College in Lincoln, NE. Students should check with other schools to which they intend to apply to ensure that all requirements are fulfilled.

The competition to gain acceptance to a physician assistant program is intense and admission is not guaranteed. Admission to a PA program is based on scholastic record, GRE scores, personal recommendations, an interview with members of the admissions committee, shadowing, exposure to health care, and other extra-curricular activities.

Due to the competitiveness, students pursuing a program of study in pre-physician assistant are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the pre-physician assistant program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK General Studies requirements and other degree requirements as set forth in the college catalog.

Take all of the following:
MATH 102College Algebra 13
PSY 250Behavioral Statistics3
or STAT 241 Elementary Statistics
BIOL 106Biology II4
BIOL 211Human Microbiology4
BIOL 225
BIOL 226
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 325Medical Terminology1
CHEM 160
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 161
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 250
Elementary Organic Chemistry
and Elementary Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 351
and Biochemistry Lab
ENG 101Introduction of Academic Writing3
ENG 102Special Topics in Academic Writing and Research3
PSY 203General Psychology3
PSY 230Human Development3
PSY 231Abnormal Behavior and Society3
Recommended Electives:
Principles of Immunology
Select additional electives from the humanities and social sciences in areas such as psychology, sociology, critical reasoning, literature and foreign language. 2
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Scores from the GRE are required for admission to many physician assistant programs. See advisor for more information.
Total Credit Hours55

Some physician assistant programs do not require a bachelor's degree for admissions. However, students who are accepted into physician assistant school prior to completing a baccalaureate degree at UNK may be eligible to receive a BS Degree in Applied Health Sciences if they have completed all General Studies requirements and have at least 85 semester credit hours completed in pre-PA studies. 


Students with sufficient preparation may enter the mathematics program at a higher level.


Other electives, including upper division biology and chemistry courses, are also recommended. See advisor for other suggestions. (Except courses numbered 188 or 388.)

Students should be aware of prerequisites on all courses and plan their coursework accordingly.