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Pre-Physician's Assistant Option

Bachelor of Science Degree

 

The Department of Biological Sciences offers outstanding preparation for a career as a Physician’s Assistant.  The suggested curriculum on the reverse side of this brochure fulfills the admissions criteria for the University of Kentucky and other regional Master’s of Science in Physician’s Assistant (PA) Studies programs.  Students usually apply to the 2-and-a-half-year professional program during the spring of their senior year for admission in January of the following year.

 

To meet the minimal requirements for admission into a PA program of study, students should adhere closely to the suggested Pre-PA curriculum and earn an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 and a GRE General Test score of 900. The General Test is a national examination and is composed of three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.  The GRE is offered several times during the fall/early spring, and it is not uncommon for students to take it more than once.  Competitive applications will have an overall GPA greater than 3.5 and a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of greater than 1050.

 

In addition, many PA programs have a requirement for health care experience which varies depending on the program (200-2000 hours).  This direct "hands-on" patient care experience may include clinical experience as a health professional (nurse, health educator, paramedic, EMT, respiratory therapist, etc) or experience as a medical/nursing assistant, clinic aide, orderly, patient care attendant, etc.  Any applicant with minimal exposure to physician assistants (no regular contact with a PA in a work setting for example) may want to arrange with one or more PAs to "shadow" them on a regular basis, especially PAs who work in primary care settings such as family practice, internal medicine or general pediatrics.  Although the University of Kentucky does not currently have a requirement for health care experience, applications with experience will be more competitive.  Students should familiarize themselves with the specific requirements of each program early into their Pre-PA studies.

 

 

Suggested Curriculum Sequence for B.S.

 

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

 

BIO   

BIO   

1CHE

SOC

ENG 

099

115

201

133

105

Transitions

Cellular Basis of Life

General College Chemistry I

Introduction to Sociology

Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry

1

3

5

3

4

 

 

BIO

BIO

CHE

2MAT

MAT

216

221

202

150

250

Biological Inquiry and Analysis

Animal Form and Function

General College Chemistry II

Algebra and Trigonometry or

Calculus & Analytical Geometry

4

4

5

 

5

 

 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

 

BIO   

CHE

MAT 

 

PSY

CIV

222

312

135

 

300

201

Plant Form and Function

Organic Chemistry I

Introduction to Probability and Statistics or

Principles of Statistical Analysis

World Civilizations

4

5

 

 

3-4

3

 

BIO

CHE

PHY

 

COM

 

300

320

130/

131

161

Microbiology

Organic Chemistry II

General Physics I

 And Lab

Introduction to Public Speaking

Global Awareness, Cultural Diversity, and World’s Artistic Traditions Elective

4

3

3

1

3

3-4

 

 

                                                                                                                           

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

 

BIO   

BIO

 

BIO

PHY

 

CIV

321

227/

228

120

132/

133

201

Cell Biology: Mechanisms

Human Anatomy Lecture

And Lab

Scientific Etymology

General Physics II

And Lab

World Civilizations

3

2

2

1

3

1

3

 

BIO

BIO

 

BIO

PSY

HUM

 

333

229/

230

220

260

211

Genetics

Human Physiology

And Lab

Clinical Terminology

Lifespan Development

Western Humanities Tradition

 

4

3

1

2

3

3

 

 

 

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

 

CHE

CHE

BIO

BIO

330

530

325

Basic Biochemistry OR

Fundamentals of Biochemistry I

Biological Anthropology

Elective

Unrestricted Elective

 

GRE General Test

 

3-4

3

3

3

 

BIO

BIO

BIO

BIO

 

499

421

 

Senior Biology Seminar

Vertebrate Histology

Elective

Elective

Unrestricted Elective

 

GRE General Test

1

4

3

3

3

 

 

 

 

1May take MAT before CHE (especially if ACT math standard score < 23).

2MAT 250 requires ACT math standard score of 26 or MAT 150.

Course in italics are recommended.

 

For More Information Please Contact:

Department of Biological Science

Murray State University

2112 Biology Building

Murray, KY 42071-3346

Telephone: (270) 809-2786

http://www.murraystate.edu/biology

or

email: chris.trzepacz@murraystate.edu

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