Pre-PA Student Information

PA programs typically award a master’s degree upon completion. Therefore, students applying to these programs must meet the following requirements:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Completed the following common prerequisite courses:

  • General Biology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Medical Terminology


Many programs also require certain healthcare experience or shadowing. Please contact programs directly to find out their individual application requirements.



PA programs typically require a certain number of shadowing hours for applicants. There are several ways to find PAs to shadow:

  • Physician Assistant Shadow Online ( is an online program that matches prospective PA students with practicing PAs.


  • The Tennessee Department of Health maintains an online database of all healthcare licensees ( To find a PA in your area, visit this website and enter your city and state and select “Physician Assistant” in the profession drop-down menu. To get that PA’s contact information, click on the “Practitioner Profile” link on their record.


  • Many PAs are listed on their practice websites. To find a PA in your area, try entering the following into any internet search engine: your city, state and “PA-C”.