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.


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

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