Post-Baccalaureate Physician Assistant, PA Preparatory Program

Under the supervision of a licensed physician, a PA practices medicine as a clinician with direct patient care responsibilities. Like the physicians they follow, physician assistants have a variety of options for career paths, such as working in a private practice, a hospital setting, or a community health center. The curriculum in a PA program is equally intense, but not as long as medical school, making it attractive for students who wish to complete their studies earlier and begin their direct patient care sooner.

In order to be admitted to a PA program, prospective students without the required undergraduate sciences can take advantage of the Pre-Physician Assistant path in UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program.

Students will need significant direct patient care experience prior to application, which many acquire and complete in the greater Burlington area concurrent with their studies. The required hours vary by program from 250 to 2,000.

A Note from Your Advisor:

Course requirements and timetables for Physician Assistant programs vary widely. Students should research programs of interest; here is one good source: www.aapa.org. Developing a spreadsheet to assess common denominators in requirements in order to decide course choices is recommended. You can then plan your optimal curriculum in conjunction with your advisor.

UVM’s program has linkage agreements with the University of New England and Franklin Pierce programs, which guarantee an interview for all UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical students who meet their requirements and have successfully completed Post-Bac studies.

Physician assistants are now able to specialize in many areas and are recognized in other countries. They will be among the “physician extenders” who are expected to fill the growing need for practitioners in the coming decades.

Sample Curriculum:

2 semesters General Biology with labs, 8 credits
2 semesters Advanced Biology with labs, 6 credits OR
2 semesters Chemistry with labs, 8 credits
1 semester Anatomy and Physiology, 4 credits (Note: Many programs require 6 or 8 credits with labs)
1 semester English (including composition), 6 credits
2 semesters Psychology or Sociology, 6 credits

Highly Recommended:

Statistics, Microbiology, Nutrition, Physics, and Organic Chemistry

Curriculum Tracks for Physician Assistant Program

Researching programs of interest and summarizing the courses required will be necessary before you can determine your specific needs. Our advisor is available to assist you regarding your plan. These plans include more courses than some programs require. Also, you may have recently completed some of the required courses as part of your undergraduate degree, thereby reducing the number of courses needed.

Option A: Summer Term Start
Summer Term

2 Anatomy and Physiology with labs: ANPS 19 and ANPS 20, 4 credits each (also available during the academic year)

Fall Term

1 Principles of Biology, BIOL 001, 4 credits
1 Chemistry, CHEM 31, 4 credits
1 English, 3 credits
1 Abnormal Psychology, PSYC 152, 3 credits
Prep for and/or take GRE

Spring Term

1 Principles of Biology, BIOL 002, 4 credits
1 General Chemistry 2, CHEM 32, 4 credits
1 Statistics, STAT 111, 3 credits
1 Nutrition, NFS 43, 3 credits

Summer Term

1 Genetics, BCOR 101, 3 credits
1 Sociology, Social Organization of Death & Dying, SOC 154, 3 credits

Option B: Fall Term Start
Fall Term

1 Human Anatomy & Physiology, ANPS 19, 4 credits
1 Chemistry, CHEM 31, 4 credits
1 English, 3 credits

Spring Term

1 Human Anatomy & Physiology, ANPS 20, 4 credits
1 General Chemistry 2, CHEM 32, 4 credits
1 Statistics, STAT 111, 3 credits
1 Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, PSYC 152, 3 credits

Summer Term

2 Principles of Biology courses with labs, BIOL 001 and 002, 4 credits each

Fall Term

1 Biochemistry, Agricultural Biochemistry, PBIO 185, 3 credits
1 Microbiology, Microbiology & Infectious Disease, MMG 101, 4 credits
1 Nutrition, NFS 43, 3 credits
Between terms prepare and/or take GRE

Spring Term

1 Genetics, BCOR 101, 4 credits
1 Psychology, 3 credits
1 English, 3 credits