Physician Assistant (PA)

Overview

Under a physician’s supervision, a Physician Assistant (PA) performs many patient care tasks which were traditionally conducted by physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services, including:

  • taking medical histories
  • conducting physical examinations
  • ordering diagnostic tests
  • administering treatments including suturing, casting and minor surgery
  • monitoring patients
  • prescribing medications
  • assisting in surgery
  • counseling and educating patients

CSU does not have a Physician Assistant Professional program.  Health Professions advisors work with any CSU student interested in going onto a PA program after s/he graduates from CSU.

While at CSU

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Chemistry (2 semesters w/ labs) CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114
Genetics (1 semester) BZ 350, SOCR 330 (UC-Denver)
Human Anatomy (1 semester) BMS 301
Physiology (1 semester) BMS 300, BMS 302 OR BMS 360
Upper Division Science (2 semesters) 300/400
Psychology (2 semesters) PSY 100, PSY 260, PSY 320 (any PSY course, not HDFS)
Humanities (4 semesters) Courses from prefixes ART, D, E, MU, PHIL, SPCM, TH and Languages

(Freshman Composition is not acceptable at UC-Denver)

Statistics (1 semester)
Highly recommended courses BC 351, LIFE 205/206 or MIP 300/302, OT 215, ANTH, CO, Spanish

Programs and Preperation

Admissions Tests

Graduate Record Exam (GRE):  www.gre.org

Application Services

Central Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA):  portal.caspaonline.org/

Associations

American Academy of Physician Assistants:  www.aapa.org