BIOLOGY/PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

57 credit hours


WHY STUDY BIOLOGY/PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT AT Trinity?

You’ll never truly know what you’ve learned until you put your skills to the test. Supplement your classroom time with clinical hours in both program-directed and independent professional settings. When you graduate from Trinity, you will have met all the prerequisites required for post-graduate study in this field.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Most Biology/Pre-Physician Assistant majors finish their degrees in 4 years. Major requirements total a minimum of 57 hours. This includes 25 hours in the required biology courses, 28 hours in supporting courses and 3 hours of bioethics courses.

DID YOU KNOW?

Trinity offers the chance to pursue a master’s degree at the same time as you are completing your bachelor’s degree.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This program has been designed to combine a solid theoretical foundation in the sciences with clinical education experiences to prepare you for admission into post graduate professional physician assistant programs. You will be taking courses in biology, human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, bioethics, health sciences, human development and psychology as well as gaining clinical professional experience.

COURSEWORK:

Major requirements total a minimum of 57 hours. This includes 25 hours in the required biology courses, 28 hours in supporting courses and 3 hours of bioethics courses. Interesting courses you will take include:

  • Developmental Biology
  • General Medical Conditions
  • Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training

Biology Pre-Physicians Assistant Courses

REQUIRED COURSES FOR GENERAL EDUCATION
Course Title Credits
BIO 111 General Biology 4 hours
CH 111 General Chemistry I 4 hours
MA 121 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4 hours
REQUIRED COURSES FPR MAJOR
Course Title Credits
Required Biology Courses
BIO 112 Biology: The Plant and Animal Kingdoms 4 hours
BIO 310 Microbiology 4 hours
BIO 340 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 hours
BIO 341 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 hours
BIO 410 Biology Seminar 1 hour
BIO 420 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 hours
Choose one: 4 hours
BIO 315
OR
BIO 430
Genetics
OR
Developmental Biology
Required Supporting Courses
CH 112 General Chemistry II 4 hours
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I 4 hours
CH 212 Organic Chemistry II 4 hours
HS 161 Medical Terminology 1 hour
HS 360 General Medical Conditions 3 hours
MA 285X
OR
MA 280X
Statistics
OR
Introductory Statistics
3 hours
PHY 111 General Physics I 4 hours
PHY 112 General Physics II 4 hours
Required Bioethics Course
BE 474X
OR
BE 476X
Introduction to Bioethics
OR
Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
3 hours
REQUIRED CLINICAL HOURS*
Course Title Credits
HS 480 Professional Rotation in Health Science** 1–6 hour(s)
* Minimum Requirement is 1000 hours and may be more depending on the physician assistant program
**Clinical hours must be supervised by a licensed health care practitioner with emphasis given to hours supervised by a physician or physician assistant. Some programs require more than one site. Clinical hours must include patient contact. Registration for HS 480 credit must occur prior to the clinical experience. This requirement satisfies the professional experience requirement. Requirements for acceptance vary among physician assistant schools. By the first semester of the sophomore year, students should contact possible physician assistant schools for information regarding prerequisite coursework required for admission. Courses may then be selected from the recommended courses.
ELECTIVES
Course Title Credits
Highly Recommended (Required by many physician assistant schools):
HS 165 Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training
Select at least one of the following psychology courses:
PSY 335 Child Development
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 339 Adult Development
Recommended (Required by some physician assistant schools):
PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology
COM 112 Speech
Choose one:
ENG 210X
OR
ENG 240X
Business Communication
OR
Writing for the Media I

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Professional Sports Surgeon Physician Assistant
Secondary Schools Lab Technician
Performing Arts Pharmacologist
Military Nurse
Emergency Medical Technician Urgent Care Physician Assistant

 

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PROGRAM FACULTY

PART-TIME FACULTY
Charles Taylor, MA