Skip to Main Content
Mobile Menu

Pre-Physician Assistant Program

Physician assistants are taught at educational programs located primarily in university schools of medicine and allied health. Most physician assistant programs require 24-28 months to complete, although programs vary in length. Most programs require applicants to have completed a minimum of three years of college prior to admission and to have had previous health care experience. Most successful applicants to PA programs have earned a bachelor’s degree as the majority of PA programs are at the graduate level.

Prerequisite course requirements vary from school to school. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor, determine which physician assistant programs are of interest, and pattern their course work to fulfill these specific program requirements.

In order to be licensed in Idaho, physician assistants must have a baccalaureate degree. The health science studies degree (see Department of Community and Environmental Health) is very compatible with the requirements of most physician assistant professional schools. Check out the American Academy of Physician’s Assistants website, or the CASPA.

AdvisorEmailPosition and DepartmentPhoneOffice
Glenda Hillghill@boisestate.eduDirector,
Pre-Professional Studies
208-426-3832NORCO 116
Erin Colburnerincolburn@boisestate.eduAcademic Advisor208-426-2454NORCO 116
Olga Salinasosalinas@boisestate.eduAcademic Advisor208-426-3714NORCO 116

Pre-Physician Assistant Course Work

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 101, 102English Composition6
Arts, Humanities, and University Foundations Courses (determined by professional school or degree choice)6-12
Social Sciences (determined by professional school or degree choice)
Suggested courses: COMM 101, PSYC 101, SOC 101
BIOL 191-192
May be required or recommended by professional school
Concepts of Biology OR
General Biology I-II
BIOL 227, 228Human Anatomy and Physiology8
CHEM 111, 111L - 112, 112LCollege Chemistry I and II with Labs8
CHEM 301/302 OR
307/308, 309/310
Organic Chemistry and Lab5-10
*CHEM 350 Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
HLTHST 101Medical Terminology3
MATH 143-144 OR
MATH 147
Depends on math requirements at professional school or degree choice
College Algebra and Analytical Trigonometry OR
PSYC 295
Applied Statistics with Computers OR
Statistical Methods
PSYC 301Abnormal Psychology3
*May be required or recommended by different programs