Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Physician Assistant 2010-2014

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

American Academy of Physician Assistants

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements and equivalencies may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and advisors at their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Required Courses

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
One year of General Biology or Cell Biology (with lab)

BI 211, 212, & 213 Principles of Biology


One year of General, Inorganic, Organic Chemistry (with lab) or Biochemistry

CH 221, 222, & 223 General Chemistry


One year Human Anatomy & Physiology (with lab)

Must be completed within 7 years of PA program matriculation

BI 231, 232, & 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology 12
Microbiology (with lab) BI 234 Microbiology 5
Statistics MTH 243 Statistics 5
General or Developmental Psychology

PSY 201A Gen Psychology or

PSY 215 Human Development

Upper Division Science Coursework in organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, pathophysiology, pharmacology Take at 4-year institution
Minimum 1 year of health care experience is required (approximately 2,000 hours) Minimum 1 year of health care experience is required


  • This is a Master's degree program. A bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university is required prior to enrollment in the Physician Assistant program. No particular major is preferred, but a broad educational background is encouraged. A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required - average GPA of admitted students is 3.5
  • Minimum of one year in a responsible health care position with preference given to those with health care experience involving direct patient care.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required, cannot be older than 5 years.

The science courses listed above have numerous prerequisites – math is important for all of them.  Please see an Academic Advisor for help with an academic plan. 

In lieu of individual appointments, the PA Program will host several Informational Sessions during the spring and summer months.  Dates for Informational Sessions will be posted on the OHSU website. 

Additional Requirements

All prerequisite course work must be completed with a grade C or better by the end of fall quarter/semester (preferably) but required by matriculation. Completing prerequisites prior to application deadline makes for a stronger application. However, the Admissions Committee will consider applicants with prerequisites to be completed prior to matriculation. A personal on-campus interview is required of selected applicants.

Selection process

The admissions committee will evaluate applicants based on their proven academic competence and potential, their understanding of the PA profession and their commitment to primary care and underserved populations. Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants. The selection process is highly competitive.

Typical applicants have approximately 2.5 year of health care experience in the following fields: Medical technologist, medical assistant, EMT/paramedic, peace corps volunteer, lab assistant/ phlebotomist, health care-related technicians, clinical research assistant, community health worker, CNA, physical therapy aide.



Last updated: September 2013