Pre PA students.

Program Overview

Quick Facts

  • Delivery: On Campus
  • Program Type: Non-Degree
  • Brand New State-of-the-Art Labs
  • Anatomy Study Lab

Physician assistants (PAs) work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of a physician to provide healthcare services to patients. Physician assistants are commonly seen in primary care positions aiding physicians by documenting a patient’s medical history, performing physical exams, ordering and interpreting lab tests, diagnosing and treating common illnesses, and assisting in medical procedures.

The Ball State physician assistant program is combined with a major like biology or chemistry to prepare you for entry into a master’s PA program after graduation. Because specific requirements vary among PA programs, your departmental advisor will work with you throughout your studies to make sure you are ready to apply.

We have a dedicated support team in Biology including academic advisors with educational backgrounds in biological sciences and a faculty advisor with a PhD. They will assist you with the application timeline, setting benchmarks, and finding shadowing and volunteer opportunities. Feel free to contact one of the advisors to see what a course schedule would like look!

The curriculum for the Ball State pre-physician assistant program is based on pre-requisites required by seven current or developing PA programs in Indiana. While the requirements differ from school to school, they all require the completion of a bachelor’s degree prior to acceptance into the master’s program. Because pre-PA does not grant a degree, students in our program must also choose a major (most commonly biology or chemistry).

Some of the courses you are likely to take as a pre-PA student include:

  • BIO 111 – Principles of Biology 1
  • BIO 112 – Principles of Biology 2
  • BIO 313 - Microbiology
  • CHEM 111– General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 112 – General Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 231 or CHEM 234 – Organic Chemistry 1
  • ANAT 201 – Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
  • PHYS 215 - Human Physiology

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Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help! One of the best ways to understand why Ball State is right for you is to schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions to see it for yourself. Or if you’d like to speak directly to someone in our department, please feel free to call or email us.


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