Academic Prerequisites

The Boston University PA Program, from which students will be conferred a Masters of Science degree, is a graduate degree program in the Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.

Important Information

  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed in traditional classroom and laboratory settings. Online courses do not count towards our prerequisite course requirements.Prerequisite courses must be completed by the October 1 application deadline in order to be considered for an interview.
  • Official transcripts for completed coursework should be sent to CASPA only. Please do not send copies of completed transcripts to the PA Program, unless the program requests a copy from you directly.
  • In the event that required prerequisite coursework is “in progress” at the time an application is submitted to CASPA, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that course information is updated on CASPA and official transcripts are received by the PA Program Admissions Office by October 1.

Academic Requirements

The minimum academic admission standards for the program include a bachelors degree (BA/BS/AB/SB) and the following requirements:

Prerequisite Requirement
General Biology or Zoology with lab One semester
Human or Animal Physiology (preferably at the 300 or 400 level) One semester
General Chemistry with lab One semester
Organic Chemistry with lab One semester
Biochemistry (preferably at the 300 or 400 level) One semester
Upper level biology courses at the 300 or 400 level (or above) 3, one semester courses
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
Sent to ETS code 0400
     scores above the 50th percentile    
Science Coursework GPA above 3.0

Notes about Required Coursework

  • Chemistry courses should be those designated for chemistry majors rather than survey and non-degree chemistry courses.
  • Physiology and Biochemistry, if taken at the 300 or 400 level, do not count towards the upper level biology course requirement.
  • The Science GPA requirement of 3.0 is calculated by CASPA. There is no minimum overall GPA requirement.