Pre-Physician Assistant/Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science
Physician Assistant Studies Program

 Health Sciences

Three-year pre-PA studies at Union College – Curriculum Guide

Although most PA Program applicants have completed their four-year degrees before entering the PA Program, the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree allows exceptional Union College students to complete the general education requirements of Union College along with the PA Program prereqs in three years.

After completing the second year of this curriculum, students may apply for the PA Program. A BSHS student graduates with a bachelor's degree after completing the first year of the PA Program. Two years later, the master's degree will be completed. 

It should be noted that the BSHS track does not guarantee acceptance into the PA Program. BSHS students must apply and be accepted into the PA Program as all other applicants.

Students may apply to be a part of the BSHS track after they have completed College Writing I and II and General Chemistry I and II having earned at least a B in each course and having cumulative and science GPAs of at least 3.50 in all previous college work.

This sample guide is intended only to show you how a program might be arranged. Course schedules may change. Please work closely with the BSHS advisor in the PA Program.

Semester: 
1
first year
Fall,
4
CHEM
151
General Chemistry I
-
2
COMM
105
Public Speaking
+
3
ENGL
111
College Writing I
+
3
RELT
141
Christian Beliefs
+
3
SOCI
105
Intro to Sociology
º
+
Semester: 
2
first year
Spring,
4
CHEM
152
General Chemistry II
-
3
ENGL
112
College Writing II
+
2
HHPA
155
Concepts of Wellness
+
3
HIST
History Elective
+
3
CPTR
220
Microcomputer Applications
+
1
HHPA
Physical Activity Elective
+
Semester: 
3
second year
Fall,
4
BIOL
151
General Biology I
-
4
CHEM
211
Organic Chemistry I
-
3
PSYC
105
Intro to Psychology
-
2
HMNT
305
Arts & Ideas
º
+
1
Elective (must have)
3
RELB
255
Jesus and the Gospels
º
+
Semester: 
4
second year
Spring,
4
BIOL
152
General Biology II
-
4
CHEM
212
Organic Chemistry II
-
3
LTR
Literature Elective
+
3
PSYC
215
Developmental Psychology
-
1
HHPA
Activity
+
3
Elective (must have)
Semester: 
5
third year
Fall,
4
BIOL
416
Mammalian Physiology
-
4
CHEM
445
Biochemistry I
-
3
REL
Religion
+
1
HHPT
215
Emergency Health Care
6
Electives (must have)
Semester: 
6
third year
Spring,
1
HHPT
256
Medical Terminology
-
3
MATH
221
Elem. Statistics & Probability
-
2
PHIL
335
Intro to Philosophy
º
+
3
PSYC
415
Abnormal Psychology
-
3
Elective (must have)

Key

^
Alternate year course.
º
Other courses may also meet this requirement. See the Union College Bulletin.
*
This class is specific to this major.
+
This satisfies a general education requirement.
- This is a program prerequisite.

 

Notes

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All BSHS students must have four semester hours of Microbiologywhich may have to be taken in the summer.

Prior to acceptace into the PA Program, a student must have completed 97 semester hours of of college credit including 12 hours of upper division courses and 3 writing (WR) courses. Students must also have accumulated 480 hours of direct patient care.  

The BSHS curriculum meets the minimum standards for admission to the PA Program. The candidate's academic preparation will by strengthened by additional studies selected from the follow electives, among others: 

BIOL 296 Research Methods I 1   BIOL 306 Histology 3
BIOL 386 Research Methods II 1   CHEM 446 Biochemistry II 3
BIOL 321 Genetics 3   BUAD 138 Dynamics of Business 3
BIOL 403 Molecular Biology 4   BIOL 411 Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 404 Cell Biology 4   BUAD 219 Small Business Managment 3

 

This sample guide is intended only to show you how a program might be arranged. Course schedules may change, and it is possible that your courses will not be taken exactly in the order shown. Your academic advisor will help you design a program around your educational needs and goals.

 

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