UT Southwestern offers an educational experience of the highest quality. For the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, we set the bar high for our applicants.
Below is a list of prerequisite courses you will need before starting our program. All required science classes must be for science majors and include a laboratory component.
- General Chemistry – 8 Credit Hours
- Genetics – 3 Credit Hours
- Human Anatomy – 4 Credit Hours
- Human Physiology – 4 Credit Hours
- Microbiology – 4 Credit Hours
- Organic Chemistry – 4 Credit Hours
- Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
- Statistics – 3 Credit Hours
- Cellular Biology
- Human Sexuality
- Medical Terminology
Special Notes About Prerequisites
Here are some important points to remember about prerequisite courses.
- Time limits: All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the past 10 years from the date of anticipated matriculation.
- Advanced placement: Except for courses that meet the University of Texas credit-transfer criteria, such as advanced placement or international baccalaureate credit awarded for undergraduate courses, we don’t offer advanced student placement or waive required or department courses for applicants to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program. You must complete all required courses, even if you’ve taken related courses in another setting or hold a medical degree from another country.
- Transcript review: Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to review transcript content for prospective applicants. All course requirements and prerequisites are as stated on the web page.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed by the date the application is submitted.
Pre-Admission Clinical Experience
Clinical experience that includes direct hands-on patient care is strongly recommended. Applicants should demonstrate evidence of completion of patient care experience prior to submitting the CASPA application. We do not require a minimum number of hours.
Examples of acceptable patient care experience include, but are not limited to: EMT, paramedic, nurse, scribe, medical assistant, CNA, ER tech, physical therapy aide, phlebotomist, pharmacy tech, clinical research assistant, etc. Student training experiences such as student nurse, student EMT, student athletic trainer, or other health care student training may be considered as clinical hours. Experiences such as student training, “shadowing,” laboratory testing with no patient contact, nonclinical research, lifeguard, or clerical work are not as valuable as hands-on clinical hours.
We encourage applicants to “shadow” a physician assistant to gain insight into the PA’s role, although this experience is not required. Evidence of community service in a health care setting (such as in a hospital or hospice, a clinic for underserved populations, or in the medical mission field) is highly valued.