Under a physician’s supervision, a Physician Assistant (PA) performs many patient care tasks which were traditionally conducted by physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services.

Physician Assistants (PA):

  • Take medical histories
  • Conduct physical examinations
  • Order diagnostic tests
  • Administer treatments including suturing, casting and minor surgery
  • Monitor patients
  • Prescribe medications
  • Assist in surgery
  • Counsel and educate patients


Checkout this website developed by a CSU student who successfully got into PA school – How Tibia PA

Physician Assistant Occupational Outlook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Learn more about what a PA is and does here!

CSU Recommended Coursework

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Chemistry (2 semesters w/ labs) CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114
Genetics (1 semester) BZ 350, SOCR 330 (UC-Denver) or LIFE201B
Human Anatomy (1 semester) BMS 301
Physiology (1 semester) BMS 300, BMS 302 OR BMS 360
Upper Division Science (2 semesters) 300/400
Psychology (2 semesters) PSY 100, PSY 260, PSY 320 (any PSY course, not HDFS)
Humanities (4 semesters) Courses from prefixes ART, D, E, MU, PHIL, SPCM, TH and Languages

(Freshman Composition is not acceptable at UC-Denver)

Statistics (1 semester) STAT301, STAT307
Highly recommended courses CHEM245/246 or CHEM341/343/344, BC 351, LIFE 205/206 or MIP 300/302, OT 215, ANTH, CO, Spanish