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PA Course Prerequisites

Prerequisite requirements can vary slightly between PA programs. It is important to check the requirements of each school you are considering to make sure you complete all requirements. Many programs require that prerequisite courses be taken within 5 years of the application date. PA programs are generally fine with courses being completed at a community college. 

An online list of PA programs in California, including admissions deadlines, entrance requirements, credentials awarded, fees etc. 

Following are some of the most common courses required and recommended.


Course Subject # Semesters UC Berkeley course sequence most students use to fulfill requirements
General (Inorganic) Chemistry & Organic Chemistry Most schools require 2 semesters of general chemistry with lab while some schools require an additional 2 semesters of organic chemistry with lab For 1 yr requirements:
Chem 1A/1AL, 1B


For 2 Yr requirements:
Chem 1A/1AL, 3A/3AL, 3B/3BL, MCB 102 
Chem 1A/1AL, 3A/3AL, 3B/3BL, MCB 100A/Chem C130 
Chem 4A, 4B, 112A, 112B 
Chem 4A, 4B, 3A/L, 3B/L 

Biology 2 semesters with lab Bio 1B, 1A/1AL
Microbiology 1 semester with lab PH 162A/162L, MCB C112/112L
Human Anatomy 1 semester with lab IB 131/131L
Physiology 1 semester with lab Depends on the profession – some options are below:
MCB 32/32L,
MCB 136/133L (Check your desired school - some schools will not take MCB 136/133)
English 2 semesters Courses that satisfy the Reading and Composition requirement at Berkeley will fulfill health professional schools English coursework requirements for most schools. See a list of those courses. Save your course syllabi in case any schools express concern that you did not complete their English requirement.
Humanities, Social & Behavioral Science Some schools require 1 semester of an introductory course/s in psych


additional social science or humanities coursework

Psych 1 (for majors) 
Psych 2 (for non majors) 

Sociol 1
Cultural Anthropology

Math Math requirements vary between programs.  Here are the 3 most common requirements
(1-2 semesters) *can be a combination of courses for some schools

Math 16A, 16B 
Math 1A, 1B 
Math 1A, 16B 
Math 1A, 1B, 53, 54 
Math 1B, 53 
Math 53, 54


Stat 2
Stat 131A
Stat 20

Intermediate Algebra:

Math 32

Commonly Recommended Courses
Physics 1-2 semesters Physics 8A, 8B 
Physics 7A, 7B 
Physics 7A, 8B
Foreign Language Knowledge and cultural competency in at least one foreign language is strongly recommended  

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