Pre-Physician Assistant Track

The Western Michigan University Department of Physician Assistant strongly recommends the Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services courses found below to adequately prepare to apply to the physician assistant program. However, completion of this track does not guarantee admission to the physician assistant graduate program.

Course listing

Pre-professional sequence: 20 credits

BIOS 1500: Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIOS 1510: Organismal Biology
BIOS 2110: Human Anatomy
CHEM 1100/1110: General Chemistry With Lab
HSV  2250: Growth, Development, and Aging
MDSC 2010: Medical Terminology

Professional core:  20 credits

HSV 4810: The Health System and Its Environment or HOL 4700: Relationship-Centered Skills or HOL 5360: Counseling Skills for Health Professionals
HSV 4100: Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
HSV 4850: Major Issues in Health and Human Services
HSV 4780: U.S. Policy in H&HS  (Baccalaureate-Level Writing Course)
HSV 4800: Health Sciences Practice Management
PHIL 2010: Introduction to Ethics or PHIL 3340: Biomedical Ethics
SWRK 3650: Social Work Research Methods or SOC 2820: Methods of Data Collection or HSV 4200: Research in Health and Human Services

Any one of the following: three credits

COM 3320: Group Problem Solving
PSY 3440: Organizational Behavior
SOC 2100: Modern Social Problems

Any one of the following:  three credits

COM 1700: Interpersonal Communications
COM 4740: Intercultural Communication
COM 4840: Health Communication
SOC 3140: Ethnic Relations

Physician assistant concentration:  26 credits

BIOS 2500: Genetics
BIOS 3120: Microbiology
BIOS 3500: Human Physiology for Majors
CHEM 1120/1130: General Chemistry II
CHEM 3700/3710: Introduction to Organic Chemistry
CHEM 3550/3560: Introductory Biochemistry
HSV 3350:  Pharmacology for Health Professionals
STAT 2600: Elementary Statistics or STAT 3660: Introduction to Statistics

Capstone experience: three credits

HSV 4900: Internship