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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

International graduate requirements

Prerequisite courses

International medical graduates who are interested in applying to the physician assistant program must complete the same prerequisite course work as all other applicants. A foreign medical degree cannot currently serve in the place of prerequisite course work. All international graduates are required to complete all of the listed prerequisites at the college level from an accredited school in the U.S.

NOTE: All prerequisites must be completed at the time of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants application. In addition, all foreign transcripts must be verified by one of the Transcript Evaluation Services listed below.

  1. One course in Human Anatomy with lab—must be completed within five years of application deadline*
    (NOTE: Mammalian and/or animal anatomy will not fulfill this requirement)
  2. One course in Human Physiology with lab—must be completed within five years of application deadline*
    (NOTE: Mammalian and/or animal anatomy will not fulfill this requirement)
  3. One course in general chemistry with lab
    (NOTE: Mammalian and/or animal anatomy will not fulfill this requirement)
  4. One course in microbiology or bacteriology with lab
  5. One course in algebra, calculus or statistics (basic or advanced)
  6. One course in English Composition
  7.  Two courses in the social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology or cultural anthropology)
    (NOTE: Social science courses may be completed in two different subject areas, or within the same subject area)
  • Practicing nurses with more than five years of direct patient care experience may meet the Human Anatomy and Human Physiology requirement by taking a combined Human Anatomy and Physiology (AP I & II with labs) refresher course as long as it is completed in consecutive sessions over one year at the same college.

Visit the FAQ page for additional details about program requirements and prerequisites.

Transcript evaluation services

The program requires a professional transcript evaluation by an independent educational evaluating service from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services and/or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.

Foreign transcript reports should be sent directly to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants from the foreign transcript evaluation agency. Contact the foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. The services may take several weeks to process foreign transcripts, once received. The report must include a degree equivalent evaluation and course-by-course equivalent evaluation. An original, sealed report must be submitted with the application. Please visit the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants web site for more detailed information.

The following agencies provide foreign transcript evaluation services. The University of California does not endorse any of these agencies. This information is provided only as a possible source.

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
New York, NY 10113-0745
Phone: (212) 966-6311
http://www.wes.org/

International Education Research Foundation
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Phone:  (310) 258-9451
http://www.ierf.org/