School of Health Sciences

Pre-Physician Assistant Science Track

 

Please refer to the catalog for detailed course descriptions http://catalog.csuohio.edu

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A student choosing the Pre-Physician Assistant Science Track must complete the 51 credits of programmatic prerequisites common for admission to accredited Physician Assistant Graduate Programs.  
Students have access to the Pre-Professional Advising office and can take advantage of the services offered there. These include the centralized application service, admissions requirements and engagement opportunities. Make sure to check out the program offerings, resources and newsletters they have available here !
Cleveland State also offers a Pre-PA Club  that all students are encouraged to join. This group helps students connect, get involved and share resources for graduate applications. 

Students interested in applying to a graduate physician assistant program must complete the following:

CORE COURSES

  • HSC 200 - Introduction to Health Sciences (waived for Tri-C and Lakeland 2+2 students and Post-Baccalaureate students in General Interest Track)
  • HSC 203 - Medical Terminology
  • HSC 305 - Culture and Health Care

CHOOSE ONE COURSE

  • PHL 240 - Health Care Ethics or
  • PHL 440 - Moral Reasoning and Bioethics or
  • PHL 441 - Clinical Issues in Bioethics

CHOOSE ONE COURSE

  • STA 347 - Applied Statistics or
  • PSY 317 - Behavioral Science Statistics: Inference

AREA OF EMPHASIS - 17 COURSES

  • BIO 200 - Introductory Biology I
  • BIO 201 - Introductory Biology Laboratory I
  • BIO 202 - Introductory Biology II
  • BIO 203 - Introductory Biology Laboratory II
  • BIO 264 - Introductory Microbiology
  • BIO 265 - Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIO 266 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 267 - Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I
  • BIO 268 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 269 - Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II
  • CHM 261 - General Chemistry I
  • CHM 266 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHM 262 - General Chemistry II
  • CHM 267 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHM 331 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 336 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

CAPSTONE - CHOOSE ONE COURSE

  • HSC 410 - Evidence Based Practice or
  • HSC 484 - Advanced Research and Writing in Health Sciences or
  • HSC 487 - Community-Based Participatory Research and Health

EXIT EVALUATION - ONE COURSE

  • HSC 499 - Exit Evaluation

ELECTIVES - 12 CREDIT HOURS

Students are encouraged to be familiar with the pre-requisite requirements for all of the graduate programs they plan to apply to.  It is recommended to use these elective hours to complete any courses not included in the required curriculum above.

If you are thinking about pursuing a career as a physician assistant, make sure to check out some of these other resources and tools!

Program Directory provided by the Physician Assistant Education Association
(http://directory.paeaonline.org/?_ga=2.194804397.161448594.1568822619-1158915624.1568822619)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook for Physician Assistants
(https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm)