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Applicants must complete the following minimum prerequisite coursework prior to admission to the program. 

We recommend that applicants complete all prerequisite coursework, with exception of the humanities, within eight years of enrollment in ODUs Physician Assistant Studies program.

It is recommended that the majority of academic work be completed prior to application.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. All prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. 


Course Required Semester Credit Hours
Inorganic/General Chemistry with Lab  4
Organic Chemistry with Lab  4
Biochemistry*  3
Human Anatomy (Lab Recommended)  3
Human Physiology (Lab Recommended)  3
Microbiology with Lab  4
General Biology I**  3
General Biology II**  3
Intro to Psychology  3
Additional Upper Level Psychology  3
College Algebra or Higher Mathematics  3
Statistics  3
Four humanities courses. Examples: English, Foreign Language, Art, History, Music, etc.  12
Total 51
* Cannot combine Biochemistry with Organic Chemistry. Courses must be taken separately.

** Examples of additional Biology courses accepted: Principles/Foundations of Biology I and II, Genetics, Pathophysiology, Immunology, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology.