Prerequisite Coursework

Program Prerequisites

Sciences - 31 semester hours

  • 8 semester hours of biology with lab* (A&P cannot be used to fulfill course requirements)
  • 4 semester hours of general or introductory chemistry with lab*
  • 4 semester hours of organic chemistry or biochemistry with lab*
  • 4 semester hours of human anatomy with lab^
  • 4 semester hours of human physiology with lab^
  • 4 semester hours of microbiology with lab
  • 3 semester hours of genetics

* = These courses should be equivalent courses required in the science majors.

^ = Academic institutions offering human anatomy/ physiology combination courses will suffice if both courses of sequence are completed; for example four hours human anatomy/physiology I and four hours human anatomy/ physiology II.

Psychology - 3 semester hours

  • 3 semester hours of introductory or developmental psychology

Math- 3 semester hours

  • 3 semester hours of statistics

Social Sciences - 3 semester hours

  • 3 semester hours of economics, sociology, political science, or similar coursework.

Additional Requirements

A bachelors degree is required to enter this program. Prerequisite courses completed with a grade below C do not qualify. The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for admission is 3.0. Strong applicants will exceed the minimum GPA. In addition to the cumulative GPA the faculty will also consider prerequisite GPA and science GPA. Students must also be able to document a minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care. Many applicants far exceed the minimum amount for direct patient care hours. Patient care may include work or volunteer experience including but not limited to: athletic trainer, paramedic or EMT, nurse, nurse aide, laboratory technician, radiology technician, respiratory therapist and surgical technician.

Applicants will submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores along with other required application items TBD. The department chair may waive the GRE for applicants with a previous graduate degree or for applicants who have MCAT scores.

The Lynchburg College Physician Assistant Medicine Program is currently under development, and details covered on this page may be adjusted to facilitate the delivery of a successful program. Prospective students are encouraged to continue to visit the website for updated details or contact the program when making decisions on prerequisite courses.

Lynchburg College has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The College anticipates matriculating its first class in June 2015, pending provisional accreditation in March 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received.

For additional information, please contact us at pa@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8876.