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Pre-Physician Associate/Assistant Studies

This curriculum is designed to meet the admission requirements of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Mississippi College and the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program at Mississippi State University-Meridian. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA as well as a 3.0 science GPA on a 4.0 scale for both programs. In addition, a minimum grade of C is required on each prerequisite course accepted for transfer, and each prerequisite course must be taken within 10 years of matriculation at the University or College. Mississippi College will not accept online or hybrid courses for prerequisite courses (except for statistics). The curriculum below leads to an Associate of Arts Degree.

Students applying for either program must have a bachelor's degree, take the GRE, and have evidence of clinical experience. At least 80 hours of healthcare experience and 20 hours of shadowing experience with a medical doctor or physician assistant are required for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program at Mississippi State University-Meridian. For this program, students must also complete CPR Certification (American Heart Association) or higher.
Health Sciences Pathway

Program Curriculum


First Semester
  • English Composition I ENG 1113
  • General Biology I BIO 1134
  • General Chemistry I CHE 1214
  • College Algebra MAT 1313
Total 14 Hours
Second Semester
  • English Composition II ENG 1123
  • Microbiology BIO 2924
  • General Chemistry II CHE 1224
  • Fine Arts Elective (3)
Total 14 Hours
First Semester
  • Anatomy & Physiology I BIO 2514
  • Organic Chemistry I CHE 2424
  • General Psychology PSY 1513
  • Public Speaking I SPT/COM 1113
  • Humanities Elective (3)
Total 17 Hours
Second Semester
  • Anatomy & Physiology II BIO 2524
  • Organic Chemistry II CHE 2434
  • Introduction to Sociology SOC 2113
  • Statistics MAT 2323
  • Humanities Elective (3)
Total 17 Hours
Consult with your chosen transfer university/college to determine changes to this curriculum.

Both programs at Mississippi College and Mississippi State University-Meridian have a limited class size with competitive admissions.
Enrollment in a minimum of 15 hours each semester is recommended for eligibility for state aid, institutional scholarships, and the tuition break.