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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Prerequisite courses

Physician assistant studies prerequisites

All prerequisites are required at the college level from an accredited school and must be included on the submitted transcript as part of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application process. Each prerequisite is expected to be one full course, either a quarter or a semester, and a minimum of three units, depending on the location where it was completed. Completion of prerequisite course work online is acceptable; however, prerequisite course work with a lab component must be completed at an accredited academic institution. No online lab work is acceptable. Advanced Placement Scores awarded in high school do NOT fulfill prerequisites. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better:

  • One course in human anatomy with lab
  • One course in human physiology with lab
  • Or human anatomy and physiology series: Part I and Part II with lab
    (NOTE: Nurse practitioner or physician assistant program applicants may complete a combined human anatomy and human physiology series course. Series courses are offered in two parts and are completed over the course of two quarters or two semesters. Series courses must be completed in full, and must include an in-person lab component. Mammalian or animal anatomy will not fulfill this requirement.)
  • One course in general chemistry with lab.
    (NOTE: Seminar courses will not fulfill this requirement.)
  • One course in microbiology or bacteriology with lab 
  • One course in algebra, calculus or statistics (basic or advanced)
  • One course in English composition
  • Two courses in social sciences. Ideal courses provide exposure to human or organizational behavior — such as psychology, sociology, ethnic studies, women’s studies or cultural anthropology.
    (NOTE: Social science courses may be completed in two different subject areas or within the same subject area.)

* It is desired that the human anatomy and human physiology prerequisite courses be completed within the past five years of when you plan to apply. Competitive applicants should self-assess their strengths. If it has been a number of years since courses were completed, applicants may want to consider retaking them.

Nurse practitioner prerequisites

All prerequisites are required at the college level from an accredited school and must be included on the submitted transcript as part of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application process. Each prerequisite is expected to be one full course, either a quarter or a semester, and a minimum of three units, depending on the location where it was completed. Completion of prerequisite course work online is acceptable; however, prerequisite course work with a lab component must be completed at an accredited academic institution. No online lab work is acceptable. Advanced Placement Scores awarded in high school do NOT fulfill prerequisites. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better:

  • One course in human anatomy with lab
  • One course in human physiology with lab
  • Or human anatomy and physiology series: Part I and Part II with lab
    (NOTE: Nurse practitioner orphysician assistant program applicants may complete a combined human anatomy and human physiology series course. Series courses are offered in two parts and are completed over the course of two quarters or two semesters. Series courses must be completed in full, and must include an in-person lab component. Mammalian or animal anatomy will not fulfill this requirement.)
  • One course in general chemistry with lab.
    (NOTE: Seminar courses will not fulfill this requirement.)
  • One course in microbiology or bacteriology with lab 
  • One course in algebra, calculus or statistics (basic or advanced)
  • One course in English composition
  • Two courses in social sciences. Ideal courses provide exposure to human or organizational behavior — such as psychology, sociology, ethnic studies, women’s studies or cultural anthropology.
    (NOTE: Social science courses may be completed in two different subject areas or within the same subject area.)

* It is desired that the human anatomy and human physiology prerequisite courses be completed within the past five years of when you plan to apply. Competitive applicants should self-assess their strengths. If it has been a number of years since courses were completed, applicants may want to consider retaking them.