Pre-Health Advising - Physician Assistant


Physician Assistant Required Coursework

Below is common required coursework for applying to physician assistant programs and the appropriate UW Bothell courses that fulfill the requirement.  Admission requirements are different at all PA schools and are subject to change without notice, so it is very important for all PA applicants to carefully research the requirements for admission at all prospective programs early enough to address any deficiencies in preparation for admission to the schools of your choice.  Most programs will require at least:

  • General Chemistry with labs (three quarters or two semesters)
  • General Biology with labs (three quarters or two semesters)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (two quarters or semesters)
  • Microbiology (one quarter or semester)
  • Statistics (one quarter or semester)
  • Psychology (one quarter or semester)


Pre-Physician Assistant Prerequisite Worksheet

UW Bothell Pre-Health sciences flowchart

General Chemistry (with labs)

  • B CHEM 143 (4), 144 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 153 (4), 154 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 163 (4), 164 (2) General Chemistry

General Biology (with labs)

  • B BIO 180 Introductory Biology I (5)
  • B BIO 200 Introductory Biology II (5)
  • B BIO 220 Introductory Biology III (5)

Human Anatomy & Physiology

*UW Bothell does not offer Human A&P. Students can take these courses at a community college.

  • BIOL& 231/241 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - offered at local community colleges
  • BIOL& 232/242 Human Anatomy & Physiology II - offered at local community colleges


  • B BIO 260 Microbiology (5) or B BIO 370 Microbiology I (5)

Statistics (Choose one from below.)

  • B HLTH 215 Statistics for Health Sciences (5)
  • B BUS 215 Introduction to Business Statistics (5)
  • B MATH 215 Statistics for Health Sciences (5)
  • BIS 215 Understanding Statistics (5)

Psychology and Sociology

  • BIS 170 Introduction to Psychology
  • BIS 181 Introduction to Sociology