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Physician Assistant, Undergraduate Pre-Professional Program - Curriculum & Duration

Pre-Professional Undergraduate Phase Accelerated Track

Note: In addition to this 3-year accelerated track, USciences offers a traditional 4-year track for students who would like to take a minor, or prefer a more traditional course load.  The same courses are covered, with additional Biomedical Science electives and free electives.

Summer before First Year

Minimum of 50 hours of patient contact/shadowing required prior to start of 1st year

First Year, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 109 General Biology I 3
BS 110 General Biology I Lab 1
CH 101 General Chemistry I 3
CH 103 General Chemistry Lab I 1
PHA 100 PA Seminar 1
MA 107 Precalculus 3
PE 101 Physical Education I 0
WR 101 Writing and Rhetoric I 3

First Year, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 119 General Biology II 3
BS 120 General Biology Lab II 1
CH 102 General Chemistry II 3
CH 104 General Chemistry Lab II 1
MI 110 Intro to Health and Medical Professions 1
MA 110 General Calculus 3
PE 102 Physical Education II 1
WR 102 Writing and Rhetoric II 3

Second Year, Summer

Minimum of 75 hours of shadowing and 150 hours of direct patient care experience required prior to start of second year.

Second Year, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
CH 201 Organic Chemistry I 1 3
CH 203 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 1
PHA 206 PA Shadowing & Physical Exam I 1 3
PY 200 Survey of Physics 4
SO 101  Introduction to Sociology 3
WR 302  Scientific Writing 3
MD Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement 3

Second Year, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
CH 202 Organic Chemistry II 1 3
CH 204 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 1
CO 101 Introduction to Communication 3
PHA 208
PA Shadowing & Physical Exam II 1 3
MD Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement 3
  Humanities Discipline Requirement 3

Third Year, Summer

  • Application to graduate professional program(s).
  • Minimum of 300 documented hours of patient contact and 100 hours of shadowing required by start of third year. 
  • Minimum of 500 documented hours of patient contact and 100 hours of shadowing prior to start of professional program. 

Third Year, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 207 Human Structure and Function Lab I  1, 2 1
BS 243 Microbial Science 3
BS244 Microbial Science Lab 1
BS 493 Biological Sciences Seminar I 1
BS 310  Anatomy and Physiology I 1, 2 3
CH 340  Survey of Biochemistry 1 3
PHA 300  PA Interview Seminar 1 1
PHA 310 Medical Terminology I for the PA 1 1
SO 347 Death and Dying 3
WR 302
Scientific Writing 3
  Other Humanities Requirement 3

Third Year, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 208 Human Structure &Function Lab II 1, 2 1
BS 311  Anatomy and Physiology II 1, 2 3
BS 358 Principles & Applications of Immunology 3
BS 466 Genetics 4
BS 494 Biological Sciences Seminar II 1
PHA 303 Introduction to Pharmacology 1 3
PHA 311 Medical Terminology II for the PA 1 1
 ST 310 Biostatistics 3

1 Must be taken at USciences

2 BS 207 and BS310, as well as BS208 and BS311, must be taken at the same time

General Notes:

  1. Second-year transfer students are required to take PHA 100 .
  2. Note that second-year students are required to shadow as part of their academic curriculum during the school year.
  3. Students will receive their BS in Biomedical Sciences degree after successfully completing their first semester in the graduate program (total of 127 credits needed for BS degree). Remaining credits for graduation will be transferred back from the Professional School Partner.

Pre-Professional Undergraduate Phase 4-Year Track

First Year, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits

PHA 100

Physician Assistant Seminar

1

BS 132

Introductory Biology I

3

BS 134

Introductory Biology I Laboratory

1

CH 101 (a)

General Chemistry I

3

CH 103 (a)

General Chemistry Lab I

1

MA 107

Precalculus

3

PE 101

Physical Education I

0

WR 101

Writing and Rhetoric I

3

First Year, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits

MI 110

Intro to Health & Medical Professions

1

BS 133

Introductory Biology II

3

BS 135

Introductory Biology II Laboratory

1

CH 102 (a)

General Chemistry II

3

CH 104 (a)

General Chemistry Lab II

1

MA 110

General Calculus

3

PE 102

Physical Education II

1

WR 102

Writing and Rhetoric II

3

Second Year, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits

PHA 206

PA Shadowing and Physical Exam I

3

CH 201 (b)

Organic Chemistry I

3

CH 203 (b)

Organic Chemistry Lab I

1

PY 2XX (c)

Physics Requirement

4

MD 2XX

Multidisciplinary Inquiry I

3

SO 101

Introduction to Sociology

3

Second Year, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits

PHA 208

PA Shadowing and Physical Exam II

3

CH 202 (b)

Organic Chemistry II

3

CH 204 (b)

Organic Chemistry Lab II

1

MD 2XX

Multidisciplinary Inquiry II

3

PS 101

Introduction to Psychology

3

PY 2XX (c)

Physics (optional)

4

Third Year, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits

BS 310

Anatomy and Physiology Sequence(d)

3

BS207

Human Structure and Function I Lab

1

CH 34X

Biochemistry (e)

3-4

BS 243

Microbial Science

3

BS 244

Microbial Science Lab

1

CO 101

Introduction to Communication

3

PHA 310

Medical Terminology I

1

Third Year, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits

BS 311

Anatomy and Physiology Sequence(d)

3

BS 208

Human Structure and Function II Lab

1

BS 466

Genetics

4

BS 358

Principles & Applications of Immunology

3

PHA 303

Introduction to Pharmacology

3

ST 310

Biostatistics

3

PHA 311

Medical Terminology II

1

Fourth Year, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits

BS 493

Biological Sciences Seminar I

1

WR 302

Scientific Writing

3

 

Humanities Discipline Requirement

3

SO 347

Death and Dying

3

PHA 300

PA Interview Seminar

1

 

Elective Coursework

5

Fourth Year, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits

BS 494

Biological Sciences Seminar II

1

BS4XX

400 Level Biological Sciences Course

3

 

Humanities Discipline Requirement

3

 

Biological Sciences Electives

5

 

Elective Coursework

2

 

a) Qualified students may substitute CH111/113 and CH112/114 for CH101/103 and CH102/104

b) Qualified students may substitute CH211/213 and CH212/214 for CH201/203 and CH202/204

c) Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202, or PY 200 (1 semester)

d) Biomedical science majors may elect no more than seven lecture credits from one of the following Anatomy and Physiology series to count toward graduation. No more than 2 credits of lab (BS 207 & 208) may count toward graduation

BS 205 & 206

BS 310 & 311

e) Students may elect CH 340, CH 341, or CH 346

f) Students planning to graduate in January of final year need to complete Seminar sequence in their third year.

Students must complete 36 credits of approved science electives (excluding BS 101 and BS 204). See catalog for approved list of courses. This must include at least one Clinical Biology course and a minimum of 9 credits at or above the 400 level (excluding BS 400, BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499).

At the 200 level and above, only those credits for which a student has earned a grade of C- or better will count toward the science elective credits required for graduation.

Students must complete enough credit hours in addition to those required by the General Education Curriculum and the Department of Biological Sciences to reach a minimum total of 127.

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