Prerequisites

Application changes due to Covid-19

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the IU PA Admissions Committee is making the following changes to application requirements for the 2020-2021 application cycle:

  1. Acceptance of online labs for prerequisite courses completed in spring 2020, summer 2020, and fall 2020. These will be accepted for any application year.
  2. Acceptance of a Satisfactory grade for prerequisite courses completed in spring 2020.  The preference would be for all applicants to earn a letter grade.  If an applicant’s school has transitioned to a Satisfactory/Fail or Pass/Fail grading option, grades would be accepted as follows:  For students in the Indiana University system, a Satisfactory grade would be accepted although a Passing grade would not be accepted.  For applicants from universities other than Indiana University, either Satisfactory or Passing grades will be accepted, though Satisfactory is preferred if both S and P grades are an option.
  3. No PA Shadowing hours required for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

Prerequisite Courses Information

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program requires a series of prerequisite classes to prepare you for the program’s coursework. All courses, except for Medical Terminology, must be at least three credit hours. Prerequisite coursework must be at a level for science majors and be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. Online courses are not accepted for science courses with labs.

As a part of your application, you must fill out a Prerequisite Course Completion Form.  Please see additional information on how to fill out this form.

 

  • Statistics or Biostatistics must include a study of descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Human Anatomy with lab*
  • Human Physiology with lab preferred (200-level recommended and preferred)* 
  • General Chemistry with lab, 2 semesters
  • General Biology I with lab; no plant-based courses
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Upper-Level Human Biology lab preferred; must be one of the following 
    courses: genetics, immunology, molecular biology, or cell biology
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Medical Terminology

*For combined Human Anatomy & Physiology classes, a full academic year curriculum at a 200 level or higher is recommended and preferred.

 

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  • Applicants who previously matriculated in any physician assistant program in the United States are not eligible for admissions into the MPAS Program at IUPUI. No program courses will be waived for prior completion of similar courses at a foreign medical school.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Credit/Dual Credit/CLEP Tests: High School Advanced Placement (AP) credit appearing on official college transcripts is accepted if the score is 3 or higher. For dual credit courses, the course title must appear on an official college transcript with a letter grade. CLEP tests are not accepted.
  • Class substitutions that do not cover the scope or information included in the above classes will not be accepted.