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 150 documented hours of shadowing/patient contact hours 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 required by start of third year.
  • Minimum of 400 documented hours of patient contact 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.

 

Contact:

Admission Office

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

888-996-8747 or 215-596-8821

Email:

admit@usciences.edu