2021 Admission Prerequisite Coursework Requirements and Credit Hours
  • Up to two courses may be pending at the time of application, however, all courses must be completed by September 1. The application deadline is July 15.
  • You must indicate in CASPA which courses are pending or in progress. If interviewed, you will be asked to provide documentation that you are registered in any pending courses.
  • Each course may only satisfy one prerequisite.
  • Any prerequisite coursework completed with a grade below C is not accepted, including a grade of C-.
  • The program will honor credits completed at community colleges and online through regionally accreditation institutions.
  • Online courses accepted for prerequisites; however no online laboratories are usually accepted. Due to the pandemic, we will accept online labs for only the Spring and Summer semesters for the 2020–2021 application cycle. The one caveat is that the applicant is required to have had an 'in person' laboratory previously to fulfill another lab requirement.
  • AP Credit will be accepted for all non-science admission prerequisites. Any required course in the sciences will need to be taken at a college-level degree granting institution.
  • Equivalent quarter hours are accepted (for example, 4 semester hours = 6 quarter hours)
  • Advanced level courses are preferred.
  • Science prerequisites are required to have been taken within the past 7 years.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.15 for: Prerequisite GPA, Overall Cumulative GPA, and for Science GPA.
For the 2021 Application cycle only: If you are unable to take ‘in seat’ labs that were scheduled to be taken in the spring or summer of 2020, we will accept online labs. The one caveat is that you are to have completed at least 1 ‘in seat’ lab, as required for our prerequisite coursework.




Human Anatomy (includes one-credit lab)


May take anatomy/physiology as a combined course over a two-course series (Anatomy/Physiology I and II) from the same institution for a minimum total of 6 hours (with an anatomy lab), or, can take a minimum of 3 hours of human anatomy plus a one-credit anatomy lab, and 3 hours of physiology.

Required labs may not be online.

Human or Vertebrate Physiology (no lab required)




No lab required

Microbiology (science majors)


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

General Chemistry I and II


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

Organic Chemistry


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

Intro to Genetics (science majors; usually 200-level or higher)


Preferred for 2020 application cycle. Required for 2021 application cycle.
Must be for science majors and 200-level course or higher.

Additional Science; upper level (200-level or higher) biology course specific to human anatomy, physiology, or disease.


Prefer Cellular or Molecular Biology.

This requirement can include, but is not limited to: immunology, pharmacology, embryology, endocrinology, gerontology, virology, pathophysiology, molecular pathology, evolution and histology.

Does not include plant/invertebrate biology or zoology

Medical Terminology (new)


Required beginning with 2020 application cycle



May include biostatistics, many stats courses may be accepted (behavioral statistics, epidemiology)




Humanities and Social Sciences



Courses which 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 Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.