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

Pre-Professional Undergraduate Phase (effective Fall 2015)

FALL – First Year

Course Number Course Name Credits
HS 110 Health Science Seminar I* 1
BS 103 General Biology I 4
CH 101 General Chemistry I 3
CH 103 General Chemistry Lab I 1
WR 101 Writing and Rhetoric I 3
MA 107 Precalculus I 3
PE 101 Physical Education I 0
Total: 15

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

SPRING – First Year

Course Number Course Name Credits
HS 111 HS Orientation II** 1
BS 104 General Biology II 4
CH 102 General Chemistry II 3
CH 104 General Chemistry Lab II 1
WR 102 Writing and Rhetoric II 3
MA 110 Calculus 3
PH 100 Survey of Physics 3
PE 102 Physical Education II 1
Total: 19

**Minimum GPA & Sci GPA of 3.00 (required) 

FALL – Second Year

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHA 206 PA Shadowing & PE I** 3
CH 201 Organic Chemistry I** 3
CH 203 Organic Chemistry Lab** 1
MD Multidisciplinary Inquiry 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
BS241 Microbiology** 4
  Humanities 3
Total: 20

*Minimum of 150 hours of patient contact/shadowing hours required prior to start of 2nd year 

SPRING – Second Year

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHA 208 PA Shadowing & PE II** 3
CH 202 Organic Chemistry II** 3
CH 204 Organic Chemistry Lab** 1
PY 100 Survey of Physics 4
MD Multidisciplinary Inquiry 3
CO 101 Introduction to Communication 3
  Humanities 3
Total: 20

Minimum GPA & Sci GPA of 3.2 (required)
Application made to CASPA during Summer

FALL – Third Year

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHA 300 PA Interview Seminar** 1
PHA 310 Medical Terminology I** 1
BS 310 Anatomy and Physiology I** 3
ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
CH 340 Survey of Biochemistry** 3
WR 302 Scientific Writing** (or EN 302) 3
HS 400 Introduction to Interprofessional Education (required elective) 2
  Free Elective 3
Total: 19

300 hours minimum of patient contact/shadowing required by the start of 3rd year

SPRING – Third Year

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHA 303 Introduction to Pharmacology** 3
PHA 311 Medical Terminology II** 1
BS 311 Anatomy and Physiology II** 3
BS 355 Clinical Immunology** 3
  Free Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
Total: 19

Total credits needed: 113

400 hours minimum of patient contact/shadowing required by June 1 prior to start of Graduate program

**Required courses and PHA courses that must be taken at USciences. To progress through program-all students must earn a “C” or better in all required BS, CH, PY courses. All required PHA courses must earn a B or better.  Pre-Professional Phase Curriculum-PA   

Revised 06/2015

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