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.

NEW-All prerequisites completed OR only one (1) prerequisite course outstanding at the time of application (and this includes any in-progress coursework).

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, 200-level or above with lab recommended* 
  • General Chemistry with lab, 2 semesters
  • General Biology I with lab; no plant-based courses
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Upper-Level Human Biology (lab recommended); 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.

Read the prerequisite course descriptions to make sure your prerequisites are a suitable match. 

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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.

2021–22 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 2021–22 application cycle:

  1. Acceptance of online labs for prerequisite courses completed during 2020 and 2021. These will be accepted for any application year.
  2. Shadowing hours are recommended; however, due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be no minimum number of shadowing hours required.