Professional School Programs

Physician Assistant, MS Degrees

After graduating from UAH, the average curriculum at a Physician Assistant program runs approximately 27 months and varies per program. Programs begin in the Summer or Fall, depending on school.

Various Schools in Alabama

Recommended Course & GPA Requirements

At UAH, we can help you become a competitive applicant for your future professional school. To do so, a 3.5+ cumulative and science GPA is recommended.

Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.

Schools Look for These Classes:
Hours NeededCourse NeededWhat 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
4 hrs (w/lab) Organic Chemistry I CH 331/335 
8 hrs (w/lab) Anatomy & Physiology I and II BYS 215 & 216 or BYS 313 & 314
4 hrs (w/lab) General Microbiology I BYS 321/321L
4 hrs (w/lab) Genetics BYS 219
3 hrs Pre-Calculus Algebra MA 112+
3 hrs Statistics MA 281 or PY 300
3 hrs General Psychology  PY 101
3 hrs Developmental Psychology PY 201 or PY 315
3 hrs Abnormal Psychology PY 433
3-4 hrs Medical Terminology BYS 320
Courses positively adding to your application:
Course NeededWhat to Take at UAH
Calculus MA 171
Cell & Dev. Biology BYS 300
Biochemistry                                            BYS 301 or BYS 361
Immunology BYS 430
Additional Psychology PY 201 (Life-Span), PY 315 (Developmental), or PY 433 (Abnormal)
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.

The above courses support required and suggested coursework for Alabama schools. The combination of courses are guidelines, and specific requirements may differ among schools.

Entrance Exam


The GRE is the required entrance exam for PA school, which tests on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

  • Verbal: Evaluation of written work, analysis of information obtained, and relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative: Measures problem-solving skills; focuses on arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Writing: Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills; Ability to articulate and support complex ideas effectively.

The strongest way to increase your score is to take practice tests. In between each test, assess strengths and weaknesses, focus on improving weaknesses, and re-assess with another practice test. Visit the GRE website and make an appointment with the Office of Pre-Health Advising for recommendations on preparation.

Timing and Organization

Take the exam after preparing. Many students do so in the Spring semester of the year they are planning to apply to professional school. Schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with the Pre-Health Advisor to discuss your individualized timeline.

Many programs begin to fill seats as soon as their application cycle opens. Plan ahead and apply early.

Outside Class
It's More Than Just Grades

Health Care Experiences

What better way to make sure you want to be in healthcare than by shadowing? Shadowing will go a long way in not only making you a mature applicant, but making sure others see you as prepared.

Direct Patient Care Hours

Patient care is required for many programs and may be obtained through volunteering or work experience. Volunteering with a hospital, nursing home, or hospice are great places to receive patient care hours.

Community Service

Working in healthcare means having a heart of service. This means wanting to give back to the community. Find something enjoyable and go forth!


Research experience can provide you with opportunities to work with faculty, learn skills beyond the classroom, use research methods, and engage in critical analysis. Research allows a better understanding between theory and practice using innovative and creative thinking.

Getting into PA school is about desiring to be a better person and better future professional. It's a complex process and we're here to help!