Pre-Physician Assistant Studies

The minimum admission requirements for accredited physician assistant  programs include an earned bachelor’s degree with the following:  

  • 20-24 semester hours of introductory and advanced biology
  • 8 semester hours of general chemistry
  • 4 semester hours or organic chemistry
  • 4 semester hours of biochemistry
  • 6 semester hours of English composition
  • 6 semester hours of mathematics

Along with a competitive Grade Record Examination score, a strong candidate will have an impressive overall grade point average and will be capable of independent thinking, judgment and action within the boundaries established by the employing physician. Since a physician assistant is educated in the same general way as a physician, the applicant must demonstrate the same genuine and compassionate interest in human well-being.

To learn more about preparing for a career as a physician assistant, review the following curriculum suggestions, professional resources, and virtual links to accredited programs in Texas.

Professional Resources

Texas Academy of Physician Assistants

Graduate Record Examination

Physician Assistant Programs in Texas

Baylor College of Medicine

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

University of North Texas

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 

Texas Tech University Health Science Center

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley