The following pre-PA requirements and recommendations on this page are for the Wichita State University Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Because PA programs vary widely in their required coursework, students should consult other PA Program's requirements to ensure they are on track with prerequisite coursework.
|General Biology (1 semester)||BI 102 Gen. Cell. Biology (5)|
|General Chemistry (1 year with lab)||CH 151 Fund. of Chemistry I (5)CH 152 Fund. of Chemistry II (5)|
|General Microbiology with lab (1 semester)||BI 301 General Microbiology (4)|
|Human Anatomy||BI 275 Human Anatomy (4)|
|Human Physiology (1 semester)||BI 255 Human Physiology (4)|
|Mathematics/Statistics||MA 140 Statistics (3)|
|Pathophysiology (1 semester; upper division)||AL 320 Human Disease (3) OR
NU 313 Pathophysiology / Pharmacology* (3)
|Medical Terminology||AL 141 Medical Terminology (3)|
|* With permission from the WU School of Nursing|
HIGHLY Recommended Courses:
||AL 101 Introduction to Health Care (3)|
||BI 333 General Genetics (4)|
||BI 362 Immunology (3)|
||CH 350 Biochemistry I (3)|
|HS 270 Theories on Aging (3)|
Other Requirements: Health care experience (direct patient care) is strongly preferred.
A bachelor degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university will be required prior to matriculation into P.A. School. Minimum GPA for degree and prerequisite coursework is 3.0. Coursework more than 10 years old will be subject to departmental review and in some cases applicants may be required to repeat certain courses.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must be submitted by all applicants and the exam must have been taken in the previous five years.
All applicants must be submitted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) website. The initial application deadline for summer admission is usually the October 1 of the prior year. Applicants must also submit a Wichita State University Graduate School Application. A supplemental application will be sent to qualified applicants.
The functions of a physician assistant include performing diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and health maintenance services in any setting in which the physician renders care, in order to allow more effective and focused application of the physician's particular knowledge and skills.
Your role will require intelligence, sound judgment, honesty and the ability to relate to people in a reasonable manner. An attitude of respect for self and others, adherence to the concepts of privilege and confidentiality in communication, and a commitment to the welfare of others are essential attributes for you to demonstrate.
The specific tasks you will have to perform, as a physician assistant will vary because of the differences in practice requirements mandated by geographic, political, economic and social factors. For those reasons, your education will emphasize didactic and clinical studies that will prepare you to function as a generalist with the ability to expand to more specialized areas.
Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the certification examination developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners and administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants. The examination is required for PA practice in most states, including Kansas.
The professional curriculum is divided into two phases, each lasting 12-14 months:
The ideal candidate for the P.A. Program will have: