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Role of Physician Assistants

Pursuit of Physician Assistant at Clemson

Clemson University prepares students for application to a two-year Physician Assistant (PA) degree program. Many students apply one or two years following the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree.

Pre-physician assistant is not a major. Therefore, you must choose a degree-granting major (and minor, if appropriate). PA schools do not discriminate among the different disciplines from which you may choose, meaning that you can and should choose the curriculum that interests you most and excel. Be sure to accommodate prerequisite courses for your PA schools of interest.

What is considered competitive?

Admissions criteria vary by institution and should be verified individually. According to CASPA data, a competitive applicant for admission to PA programs for the fall 2014 class had an average Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.54. According to MUSC, a competitive applicant will score at or above the 50th percentile on the GRE and have an average of 500 completed patient-care hours.

Core Preparation Courses

      • Introductory Biology BIOL 1030+1050 & BIOL 1040+1060 or BIOL 1100 & BIOL 1110
      • Introductory Chemistry CH 1010 & CH 1020
      • Organic Chemistry CH 2230+2270 & CH 2240+2280
      • Anatomy and Physiology BIOL 2220 & 2230 or BIOL 3150 & 3160
      • Physics PHYS 1220+1240 & PHYS 2210+2230 or PHYS 2070+2090 & PHYS 2080+2100
      • Microbiology MICR 3050
      • Sociology SOC 2010
      • Psychology PSYC 2010
      • Calculus MATH 1020 or 1060
      • Economics ECON 2000 or 2110 or 2120
      • Statistics STAT 2300
      • Composition ENGL 1030
      • Literature ENGL 2000 level coursework
      • Communication COMM 1500 or 2500
      • Liberal Arts Electives See specific school requirements.

Note: Requirements vary by institution and should be verified individually.