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 September 1. Note: the application deadline is August 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)
  • We prefer advanced level courses
  • No online labs for prerequisites will be accepted
  • The program will honor credits completed at community colleges and online through regionally accredited institutions

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

Includes one-credit laboratory (lab may not be online)

Human or Vertebrate: Physiology 3 Anatomy and Physiology may also be taken as a combined two-course sequence for 6 total hours, including a one-credit laboratory (lab may not be online)
Biochemistry 3  
Microbiology 4 Includes one-credit laboratory (lab may not be online)
General or Organic Chemistry* 4 Includes one-credit laboratory (lab 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.