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Pre-Physician Assistant

Physician assistants are healthcare professionals who provide medical services to patients under the supervision of a physician or surgeon. The demand for physician assistants and other members in the healthcare field are in demand as the healthcare industry continues to grow and more people are in need of healthcare services and medical treatment. Physician assistants are able to attend to patients in need of urgent care or routine preventive care.

Students who which to earn a physician assistant degree can choose the pre-physician assistant degree program at Keystone College and receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Biological Sciences with a pre-physician assistant concentration.

This 4+3 program is designed for students seeking a doctoral degree as a physician assistant. Students complete their undergraduate study at Keystone and then continue at other highly respected institutions to pursue their graduate or doctoral degrees. Generally, the remainder of their doctoral degree can be completed in three additional years.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Biology Pre-Physician Assistant B.S. Degree

In addition to the General Education requirements and the Institutional Learning Outcomes for all majors, the following courses are a sampling of what is required for graduation with a Biology Degree, Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration,

Semester 1  

  • Gen Biology I
  • Gen Chemistry I
  • College Writing I
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Medical Terminology
  • Critical Reading 0/2

Semester 2

  • Gen Biology II
  • Gen Chemistry II
  • Speech Communications
  • College Writing II
  • Calculus I or Pre-Calc

Semester 3   

  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Moral: (Bioethics Recommended)
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Calculus I or Free Elective
  • GenEd Elective

Semester 4  

  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Microbiology
  • Quantitative Elective (Statistics)
  • Arts & Humanities Elective

Semester 5  

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry I
  • Statistics & Research
  • General Physics I
  • Social & Cultural Elective (General Psychology)

Semester 6    

  • Tech Elective (PC Office Application Recommended)
  • Science Literacy: Nutrition
  • Biochemistry II
  • Developmental Psych or higher
  • Gen Ed: Intro to Sociology
  • Experiential Learning

Semester 7  

  • Intro to Ecology
  • Free Elective 3000+: (Psychopathology)
  • M/S Elective (Cell Biology)
  • Biology Seminar & Research
  • Social & Cultural Elective

Semester 8   

  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Capstone Research Project or 3000+ Curricular Ele.
  • Virology or Immunology
  • PSYC 3000+ or higher
  • Free Elective 3000+

Updated: 10/2017

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with Career Services for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

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See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

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