Programs & Requirements PA

Programs & Requirements

Physician Assistant and Surgical Physician Assistant, Masters of Science Degrees

Most PA programs will result in a graduate degree to gain entry into the field. For example, here are some:

  • Masters in Surgical Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)
  • Masters in Health Science (MHS)
  • Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
  • Masters in Medical Science (MMSc)

There are currently about 155 accredited PA training programs in the US, the vast majority of which award a master of science degree. The average curriculum runs about 27 months, though this number can be greater or smaller, depending on the program. Most programs begin in the summer or fall; a smaller number have spring admission.

A clinical internship usually precedes obtaining a license to practice as a Physician Assistant. Before practicing, PAs are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and are licensed, certified or registered in the state in which they practice 


Schools in Alabama

University of South Alabama Patt Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions (USA) - MHS - Mobile, AL

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions (UAB) - MSPAS - Birmingham, AL


Course & GPA Requirements

Most schools have a minimum GPA of a 3.0, but to be a competitive student, a 3.5+ cumulative and science GPA is recommended.

Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.

 

All schools in AL look for these classes:

Hrs Needed  Course Needed  What to Take at UAH 
8 hrs (w/lab) General Biology BYS 119 & BYS 120
8 hrs (w/lab) General Chemistry CH 121/125 & CH 123/126
8 hrs Anatomy & Physiology I and II  BYS (215 & 216) or BYS (313 & 314)
4 hrs General Microbiology I BYS 321/321L
4 hrs (w/lab) Organic Chemistry I CH 331/335 
3 hrs Precalculus Algebra MA 112
3 hrs Statistics MA 281/ST 281 or PY 300
3 hrs General Psychology I PY 101
3 hrs Developmental Psychology PY 201 or PY 315
3 hrs Abnormal Psychology PY 433
3-4 hrs Medical Terminology BYS 491

 

Courses positively adding to your application:

Course Needed  What to Take at UAH 
Calculus MA 171
Anatomy & Physiology I and II BYS (313 & 314)
Genetics BYS 219
Biochemistry BYS 301 or BYS 361
Immunology BYS 430
Physics PH (101&102) or PH (111/114 & 112/115) 

 

Upper level science courses illustrate interest in science and provide an in depth look into such subjects.

There is a lot more you can do to make your application stand out.

The above courses support required and suggested coursework for UAB and USA PA School. Please keep in mind this is a guideline and specific requirements differ amongst different schools.