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Where does my path start?
You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.
Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school. Almost all Physician Assistant (PA) programs are Master’s Degree and require a Bachelor’s degree for admission. There are a few schools with a Bachelor program in PA, but no longer one in Washington State. PA programs require extensive clinical experience; some schools accept volunteer hours, but others require that you have paid work experience as a health care provider.
What courses should I take?
This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.
General Education Requirements - 20 Credits
Communication (10 Credits)
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Choose one of the following classes:
MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120
* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required for PA admission at most schools: MATH& 146 .
Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits
Humanities (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: CMST& 101 , CMST& 220 .
Natural Sciences (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.
Required for PA Admission at most schools: BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 260 , CHEM& 121 .
Recommended: Physician Assistant Programs outside of Washington State often require additional courses in Chemistry, such as CHEM 171 /CHEM 181 , CHEM 172 /CHEM 182 , and CHEM 173 /CHEM 183 .
General Electives (Minimum 25 Credits)
Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) .
Required for PA admission at most schools: BIOL& 241 , BIOL& 242 .
Recommended: Additional credits in medically related sciences, e.g., CHEM& 131 , MATH& 141 .
Where can I transfer?
Students can transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S., but the Direct Transfer Agreement applies only within Washington. Students can choose any major for their Bachelor degree. See the AA-DTA Planning Guide for a list of Washington State colleges and universities.
Where can I study Physician Assistant?
The following colleges in Washington offer a degree in Masters of Science or Masters of Public Health in Physician Assistant. They require a Bachelor Degree and specific courses for admission
More information about programs in Physician Assistant.
Before choosing classes, become familiar with the program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Two good resources are the American Association of Physician Assistants (www.aapa.org) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (www.paeaonline.org). Below is information about the two Washington schools. Students need to apply through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) between May 1 and Oct. 1. A secondary application is also required for each school; check each school for deadlines.
||Degrees & Requirements
||Master’s in Clinical Health Services (MCHS
|University of Washington
MEDEX Northwest is the University of Washington’s Physician Assistant program. All applicants must have at least one year (2,000 hours) of paid clinical work experience providing direct delivery of medical care to patients or work in an allied health field such as x-ray technology, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, etc. Competitive MEDEX candidates average a total of 6.5 years patient care experience.
Strongly recommended that science pre-requisites be completed within the last 5-7 years. Recommended courses: biochemistry (CHEM& 131), genetics, sociology and/or psychology and/or anthropology.
Admission to the Master’s Program: A Bachelor’s degree is required for admission in a major of your choice, along with scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Course requirements must be completed by Oct 1 deadline with a minimum 2.7 grade: CHEM& 121 , BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 241 +BIOL& 242 , and BIOL& 260 , MATH& 146 , ENGL& 101 and another ENGL course.
For admission to the Anchorage program college algebra (MATH 111 or MATH& 141 ) and PSYC& 100 and PSYC& 200 are also required.
||Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
|Heritage University, Toppenish, WA
||Admission requires a Bachelor’s degree in a major of your choice. A minimum of 1,000 hours of “hands-on” patient contact work experience. All prerequisites must be completed by Jan 1. TOEFL is required if English is not your first language and your undergraduate degree is outside the US.
||Must have a 3.0 in each course: CHEM& 121 , BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 241 , BIOL& 242 , BIOL& 260 , One college course in math or statistics or physics
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