Prerequisite coursework

All prerequisite (prereq) courses must be completed prior to beginning the program; without exception. Students may apply to the program with some outstanding prerequisites if they have a plan to complete these courses prior to starting classes in the program.  Once completed, applicants must forward an official transcript documenting successful completion of these courses and their degree.  

The program does not have a "statute of limitations" on prerequisite courses.  Applicants will be considered to have met the prerequisites even if they were taken many years ago, however, with the program's academic rigor the applicant's current academic aptitude is considered.  One means to demonstrate current academic aptitude is the applicant's performance in courses taken over the past four years.  Thus, it may be advantageous to have completed some courses, potentially including prerequisites in the past four years. 


Specific courses at a junior/community college may meet the requirements for certain prereq courses.  Biochemistry must be completed at a four year institution.  Also, given the rigor of the program's curriculum and the competitive nature of the admission process, it is to the applicant's advantage to complete many, if not all, prerequisites at a baccalaureate institution rather than a community college.

The program will accept mammalian or vertebrate anatomy and physiology when human anatomy and physiology is not available.  It is helpful if there is an emphasis on the human species in the course.  Recognize that the admission process is competitive, and the program's professional curriculum includes human anatomy and physiology taught at the graduate level.  If an applicant has a question regarding the acceptability of a course they intend to take, they should forward a copy of the course description and syllabus to the PA Program Office for review.  


  • Biology: At least 11 semester hours of biology in the following areas, including at least two lab courses:
    • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology: 1 semester of Human Anatomy AND 1 semester of Human Physiology; OR a two semester sequence of combined Human Anatomy & Physiology (A&P).  Courses must be at the 200 (sophomore) level or above.  Though vertebrate and mammalian anatomy & physiology are acceptable, human anatomy and physiology is strongly preferred.  
      UWL courses:  BIO 312 & 313
    • Microbiology: 1 semester of Microbiology at the 200 (sophomore) level or above.  
      UWL course:  MIC 230

  • Chemistry:  At least 11 semester hours of chemistry in the following areas, including at least two lab courses:
    • General Chemistry:  1 semester of General or Introductory Chemistry.  
      UWL courses:  CHM 103 or 104
    • Organic Chemistry:  1 semester of Organic Chemistry at the 200 (sophomore) level or above.  
      UWL courses:  CHM 300 or CHM 303 & 304
    • Biochemistry:  1 semester of Biochemistry at the 300 (junior) level or above.  Molecular or Cellular Biology at the 300 level or above are acceptable alternatives.  
      UWL courses:  CHM 325 or CHM 417 & 418 or BIO 435 or BIO 315

  • Mathematics:  A minimum of two semesters of Mathematics, including at least one semester in each of the following:
    • Precalculus:  1 semester of Precalculus or Calculus.  College Algebra with Trigonometry may serve as an acceptable alternative, however, this often requires two semesters of study rather than one.  
      UWL courses:  MTH 151 or MTH 207
    • Statistics:  1 semester of Statistics.  
      UWL course:  MTH 145, 205, 265 or 305; or STAT 145

  • Psychology:  A minimum of one semester of General, Introductory, Developmental or Abnormal psychology.  
    UWL courses:  PSY 100, 204, 210, 212, 304, 310, 311, or 312

The following tables list equivalent courses offered by many Midwest institutions:

Please email Pete Amann ( with questions regarding prereq coursework.  Please include the school at which the course was completed, the course number, and a course description in your email.