2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog
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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog > Academic Programs and Courses > Biological Sciences > Biology > Biology B.S. - Concentration: Pre-Physician Assistant
Coordinator: Professor Jennifer L. White
Freshmen must meet the following requirements:
Students may receive a favorable recommendation from the Pre-PA coordinator by the application deadlines of area PA programs if they adhere to the schedule below. At the discretion of the Pre-PA coordinator, a student who fails to meet the standards for retention after the junior year may be placed on probationary status for one semester, during which all standards must be met for continuance. Several hundred hours of clinical experience (direct patient care, shadowing, health related) are recommended by graduation. This may be accomplished through an internship (BIOL 486) subject to approval by the pre-PA coordinator.
Health Profession Courses
Students should plan to complete general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, general biology, and anatomy and physiology by the close of the junior year. Other courses recommended for completion by this time are genetics, animal physiology, histology, comparative anatomy, ecology, microbiology, statistics, and pre-calculus..
Students will be evaluated at the end of their junior year. Several hundred hours of direct patient care or health-related experience in a hospital, clinic, senior care facility, etc., are recommended to be a competitive applicant to graduate programs.
A minimum grade of “C” is required in all required, co-requisite and directed GE courses.
3.3 or greater in required and co-requisite courses (excluding BIOL 480, BIOL 484, BIOL 485, BIOL 486, BIOL 494, BIOL 498) , 3.0 or greater overall. At least one half (22) of the credit hours required in biology must be completed at East Stroudsburg University.
Students will be evaluated at the end of their junior year (after the sixth semester). Transfer students must meet the same academic standards for acceptance and college coursework.
3.0 or greater overall.
(Subject to change by the university without notice)
BIOL 410: Course is typically offered once per year
Biology electives – at least 5 credits
Total Credit Hours: 120
For more information, contact the department at 570-422-3725 or visit www.esu.edu/biol
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