College of Arts and Sciences


Preprofessional Curricula
Physician Assistant

Indiana University now offers a degree program in physician assistant studies. The courses needed for admission are available at IU Northwest. Admission to most programs requires a minimum of 3 years (90 credit hours) of study at an accredited college or university. Some programs that offer a master's degree in physician assistant studies also require a bachelor's degree. The course requirements vary quite a bit, although most have similar general requirements.

Pre-Physician Assistant Requirements

The following classes are recommended to fulfill prerequisite requirements for the IU Masters of Physician Assistant program.

  • BIOL-L101 (4cr.)
  • BIOL-L 102 (4 cr.)
  • BIOL-M 310 with lab (4 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 105 & C 125 (5 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 106 & C 126 (5 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 341 & C 343 (5 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 342 & C 344 (5 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 261 (4 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 262 (4 cr.)
  • Introductory psychology (PSY-P101 or PSY-P 102) (3 cr.)
  • Basic statistics (K 300) (3 cr.)
  • Medical terminology (1 cr.)

Admission to a physician assistant program generally requires volunteer or paid experience in a health care setting. Applicants seeking admission to a physician assistant program should contact the school they are interested in attending for up-to-date information on specific prerequisites and admission requirements.

For further information contact the health professions advisor at (219) 980-7106.

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