Below are listed the most common pre-requisites for physician assistant schools and the Bradley courses which will satisfy them. Be aware that each physician assistant school may establish their own specific pre-requisites which may vary from this list, so it is your responsibility to carefully research the admission requirements for schools to which you plan to apply. Pre-requisite courses may be taken as part of a Bradley major, minor, Bradley Core or free electives. Work with your academic advisor and Dr. Bennett to plan the best timing and sequence for completing pre-requisites for physician assistant schools. All science courses should be taken with labs unless otherwise noted.

See PAEA Program Directory and individual PA school websites for program-specific requirements.

  • BIO 151: Molecules to Cells and BIO: 152 Lab
    or BIO 111: Introduction to Cell Biology and BIO 113: Lab
  • BIO 251: Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity and BIO 252: Lab
    or BIO 112: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution and BIO 114: Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology
    • BIO 230: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 231 Lab
      or BMS 465: Medical Physiology
    • BIO 232: Human Anatomy and Physiology II and BIO 233 Lab
      or BMS 466: Human Anatomy
  • CHM 110: General Chemistry I and CHM 111: Lab
  • CHM 116: General Chemistry II and CHM 117: Lab
  • CHM 252: Organic Chemistry I and CHM 253: Lab
    or CHM 250: Concepts in Organic Chemistry
  • A second semester of either Organic or Biochemistry (some schools may require both)
    • CHM 256: Organic Chemistry II and CHM 257: Lab
    • CHM 360: Biochemistry
  • CHM 302: Medical Terminology
    or NUR 391: Medical Terminology
  • ENG 101: English Composition
  • Math and Statistics
    • 1 semester of Math:
      • MTH 109: College Algebra
      • MTH 112: Precalculus
      • MTH 115: Brief Calculus with Applications I
        or MTH 121 Calculus I
        or MTH 118 and MTH:119 Calculus with Review A and B
    • 1 semester of Statistics:
      • MTH 111: Elementary Statistics
      • BIO 260:Biological Statistics I and BIO261: Biological Statistics II
      • PSY 205: Quantitative Methods
      • KHS 310: Statistical Procedures in Health Sciences
  • PSY 101: Principles of Psychology
  • PA pre-requisites vary greatly between programs, and may also include sociology, microbiology, nutrition, genetics, biochemistry or others.


  • Additional PSY courses required or recommended for many PA programs:
    • PSY 303: Lifespan Development
      or PSY: 350 Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 311: Principles of Abnormal Psychology
      or PSY: 356 Abnormal Psychology
  • PHY 107: General Physics I
    or PHY 110: University Physics I
  • PHY 108: General Physics II
    or PHY 201: University Physics II