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Overview | Pre-Physician Assistant

Practice medicine but avoid the cost of medical school by preparing to become a physician assistant. Physician assistants have the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare specialties like pediatrics, surgery, geriatrics, and more. The Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physician Assistant program prepares undergraduate students to enter a master’s-level Physician Assistant program. The degree includes all of the required course prerequisites necessary to be considered for acceptance into a master of science in physician assistant studies (MSPA) program. The program provides flexibility for a variety of specific entrance requirements.


Program Outcomes

  • Gain a greater appreciation for the creative power and wisdom of our creator in the design and function of the human body.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of general principles in the biomedical and pharmaceutical field.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Research problems to develop expedient solutions.
  • Apply science and mathematics to solve complex problems including the analysis and interpretation of data from lab experiments.
  • Demonstrate behaviors required to succeed in the modern workplace including the ability to function effectively and ethically in a team environment.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

General Biology 1 (4)
General Chemistry 1 (4)
Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 1 (3)
Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

General Biology 2 (4)
General Chemistry 2 (4)
New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
The Modern World (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 1

General Science Elective (4)
Pre-Calculus (3)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
American Studies Elective (3)
Literature Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

Microbiology (4)
Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4)
Probability and Statistics (3)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4)
Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
Technical Writing (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

Total Credits: 14

Semester 2

Organic Chemistry 2 (4)
Medical Terminology (2)
Apologetics (2)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Open Elective (3)

Total Credits: 14



Clinical Internship (3)

Semester 1

Biochemistry 1 (4)
Genetics (3)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Modern Creationary Thought* (3)
Open Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16

*Biblical Studies Core Electives reduced to 3 credits with additional requirement of Modern Creationary Thought.

Semester 2

Biochemistry 2 (4)
General Psychology (3)
Bible Elective (3)
Open Elective (6)

Total Credits: 16

Related Majors

Physical Education & Health

Related Minors

Potential Career Fields

Physician’s Assistant
Medical Research
Clinical Research

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

Timothy Meier

Department of Applied Science | Professor

MA in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
MS in Microbiology, Clemson University, Clemson SC
BS in Premed, Bob Jones University, Greenville SC

Dr. Lane Hansel

Department of Applied Science | Chair

EdD, Educational Leadership, Bob Jones University
MS, Microbiology, Clemson University
MS, Biological Sciences, Clemson University (in progress)
MS, Counseling, Bob Jones University
BS, Biology, Bob Jones University

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