Physician Assistant Required Coursework

Below is common required coursework for applying to physician assistant programs and the appropriate UW Bothell courses that fulfill the requirement.  Admission requirements are different at all PA schools and are subject to change without notice, so it is very important for all PA applicants to carefully research the requirements for admission at all prospective programs early enough to address any deficiencies in preparation for admission to the schools of your choice.  Most programs will require at least:

  • General Chemistry with labs
  • General Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology


Flowchart of science classes

Pre-Physician Assistant Prerequisite Worksheet

General Chemistry (with lab)

  • B CHEM 143 (4), 144 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 153 (4), 154 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 163 (4), 164 (2) General Chemistry

General Biology

  • B BIO 180 Introductory Biology I (5)
  • B BIO 200 Introductory Biology II (5)
  • B BIO 220 Introductory Biology III (5)

Anatomy/Physiology and Microbiology

The following courses are typically open to nursing students only and is available to other students only if space is available.  Please work with the pre-health advisor for admission into this class.

  • B BIO 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • B BIO 242 Human Anatormy and Physiology II
  • B BIO 260 Microbiology (4), with lab (2)


  • B BUS 215 Introduction to Business Statistics (5)
  • BHS 215 Statistics for Health Sciences (5)
  • BIS 325 Understanding Statistics (5)

Psychology and Sociology

  • BIS 170 Introduction to Psychology
  • BIS 181 Introducation to Sociology


Pre-Health Advisor: Stephanie Baron

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