Pre-Physician Assistant

The Pre-Physician Assistant program is one of HBU’s Health Professions Programs. It is designed to help prepare you to apply to physician assistant schools. Their accrediting organization provides students with a list of accredited physician assistant programs in Texas that offer the Master’s in Physician Assistant Degree. Each school has their own set of prerequisite courses, and students can fulfill these prerequisites at HBU in our pre-physician assistant program. The following courses are often required by physician assistant schools. Students should check with these schools for their exact requirements.

  • Biology (BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301, 3335, 3414, 3444, 3454, 3456, 4464)
  • Chemistry (CHEM  2415, 2416, 3313, 3121, 4373)
  • Communications (COMM 1323)
  • English (ENGL 1320, 1330)
  • US History (HIST 2313, 2323)
  • US Government (GOVT 2313, 2343)
  • Algebra or Higher (MATH 1313 or higher)
  • Statistics (PSYC 2301 OR MATH 3304)
  • Computer Science (CISM 1321)
  • Psychology (PSYC 1313, 2364 or 3313)
  • Sociology (SOCI 1313)

Selecting Majors
Please be aware that pre-physician assistant is not a major. You should select a major based on your area of interest, but science majors are recommended in order to satisfy many of the prerequisite courses while you pursue your HBU degree. The Biology major is especially compatible with the above courses, and is recommended by the Health Professions Office. Additional elective courses, beyond those needed for graduation, may be necessary to complete all the pre-physician assistant prerequisites so that students are ready to apply to physician assistant schools.

Receive Advising
Email the Health Professions Office for advising and questions on selecting majors, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and clinical experience by e-mail or by making an appointment.

Meet with other Health Professions Students

HBU has a student group for all students interested in a career in pre-physician’s assistant. Dr. Meredith O’Hara sponsors Pre-Physician Assistant Society (PPAS). They meet monthly and students will enjoy learning more about pre-physician’s assistant. You can meet monthly with other students who share your interest in Pre-PA. Please contact Dr. O’Hara for more information.

Our Successes
Here are some of the places you can find HBU Huskies

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • St. John University

“Coming into college, I’d heard several horror stories: the professors don’t know your name, the professors don’t care about you, and you won’t even meet your professor because your class will be taught by a teaching assistant. That’s what I was afraid of, but not what occurred when I came to HBU. The professors are all kind, and they take time out of their busy schedules to actually help you understand what you’re attempting to learn. The science professors, particularly those of the Health Professions Office, never hesitated to assist me in any way possible whenever I had a question, or whenever I needed advice for the future. Everyone faces challenges in life that make focusing on college difficult, but the support I received from the individuals here is unparalleled.”
Niyati Hariyani, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston


How can I be a strong candidate for physician assistant school?

  • Factors that determine admittance to physician assistant school

    There are many factors that determine whether a student is admitted to physician assistant school. Here are some important things for you to know.

    • Recently, a competitive student has a GPA of at least a 3.5, and a GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score of at least a 310 or above. Therefore, students must show academic strength in the sciences.
    • Participate in Campus Activities. Physician assistant schools will be interested in what you did during your undergraduate years inside and outside the classroom. In addition to PPAS, participate in Student Government, student groups, service organizations or any other area where you have an interest.
    • Leadership experience. Physician assistant schools will want to know about your leadership experience, so become an officer of PPAS, a Scout leader, a leader in your place of worship or your community.
    • Clinical Experience. Physician assistant schools want to see some evidence that you are already involved in the field. Begin by volunteering in a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office. Make sure to shadow a PA as part of your preparation.