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The College of St. Scholastica
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Kim Kruger, MD
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Pre-Physician Assistant

Fast Facts: Pre-Physician Assistant 

  • Students interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant will need to declare an undergraduate major while ensuring they complete the prerequisite coursework needed for a physician assistant master's degree program.
  • Common or complementary majors for pre-physician assistant students include biology, biochemistry, health humanities or chemistry. However, students can pursue any major provided the prerequisites are met.  
  • Undergraduate students who follow the pre-physician assistant undergraduate program will meet all prerequisites for the physician assistant master’s program (please note that meeting the prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into the master’s program). For more information, visit our Physician Assistant Master's Program page.
  • St. Scholastica gives priority review to physician assistant master's applicants with a CSS undergraduate degree, those from underrepresented and underserved populations and military veterans. Priority review does not mean guaranteed admission.
  • St. Scholastica's Physician Assistant Club gives students an opportunity to network with other undergraduate pre-PA students.


According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota is ranked third among states with the highest occupational demand for physician assistants, producing occupational vacancies at the rate of 80 new jobs per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Department of Labor state that "employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 38 percent [by] 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for healthcare services from the growing and aging population and widespread chronic disease, combined with a shortage of physicians, will result in increased demand for healthcare providers, such as physician assistants."

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your program with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you may potentially take in preparation for graduate school. Please note that you may not need all of these courses to fulfill your graduate school pre-requisites. This list doesn't necessarily include courses needed for your major or general education requirements. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse BIO 2110 - Anatomy and Physiology I

Introductory study of anatomy and physiology of the vertebrate body with an emphasis on the human. Topics include an introduction to cells, tissues, and systems organization, osteology, fluid compartments, gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the circulatory system, body defense systems and the gross anatomy of musculature. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 1110 or BIO 1036.

Expand and Collapse BIO 2120 - Anatomy and Physiology II

Continuation of BIO 2110. Topics include gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the renal system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system and endocrine system. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 2110.

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