Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Pre-Physician Assistant 2011-2015

Degree: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

American Academy of Physician Assistants

Required Courses

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

Biological Sciences: Must include complete Anatomy & Physiology sequence w/lab, (within 7 years) and Microbiology or Bacteriology (lab not required)

BI 231, 232, & 233 Anatomy and Physiology (Must be completed within 7 years of matriculation date)


BI 234 Microbiology

Chemistry: A year-long series of General Chemistry with Labs. One Organic or Biochemistry course.

CH 221, 222, & 223 General Chemistry


CH 241 Organic Chemistry       or 

CH 211 Introduction to Biochemistry


Statistics: Must include a course taken in a department of Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, or Math MTH 243 Statistics 5
Psychology or Sociology: Any course in Psychology or Sociology PSY or SOC classes 8

Additional Requirements or Recommendations:

Recommended course work: Pharmacology, Medical Terminology, Spanish, Abnormal Psychology, Development Psychology, Aging and Disabilities, Public Health, Technical Writing, Communications.

  • Current CPR certification at the time you start the program.
  • Students should have a minimum of 1000 hours of patient contact before applying

Bachelor degree and all prerequisites must be completed by May 1st of the year of entry.


This is a Graduate Degree. In addition to the departmental requirements listed above, students must also complete coursework for university admission, general education requirements, and BA/BS requirements. Meet with a PCC Academic Advisor to develop an effective transfer plan that will meet your individual needs.

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

Last updated: February 2015