Official transcripts must show that all prerequisite coursework meets the required attributes described below. Please note that substitutions are not accepted.

  • Up to two courses may be pending at the time of application, however, all courses must be completed by the application deadline of September 1
  • You must indicate in CASPA which courses are pending or in progress
  • All prerequisite coursework must have a grade of C or better (C- will not be accepted)
  • If interviewed, you will be asked to provide documentation that you are registered in any pending courses
  • Each course may only satisfy one prerequisite
  • Equivalent quarter hours are accepted (for example, 4 semester hours = 6 quarter hours)

Please note that the most competitive applicants have completed prerequisite coursework within seven (7) years.

Required Courses Semester Hours Comments
Human or Vertebrate Studies: Anatomy 4 Anatomy and Physiology may also be taken as a combined two-course sequence for 6 total hours
Human or Vertebrate: Physiology 3 Anatomy and Physiology may also be taken as a combined two-course sequence for 6 total hours
Biochemistry 3  
Microbiology 4 Includes one-credit laboratory (may not be online)
General or Organic Chemistry* 4 Includes one-credit laboratory (may not be online)
Additional Science: Biology or Chemistry 3

Includes, but not limited to: Organic Chemistry*, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Histology, Immunology, Virology, and Embryology
Does not include: Plant/Invertebrate Biology or Zoology
*Organic chemistry may only satisfy one requirement: chemistry or additional science.

Statistics 3 May include, but not limited to, biostatistics
Psychology 3  
Humanities and Social Sciences 9 Courses must focus on developing deeper understanding of the human condition including, but not limited to: Anthropology, Economics, Ethics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, or Sociology
Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.