Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant degree program provides an outstanding foundation for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant. This pre-physician assistant degree program is designed for students seeking acceptance into a graduate-level physician assistant education program.

Physician Assistants, also referred to as PAs, practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons. PAs are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a PA, you can work in a variety of settings including physician's offices, hospitals and clinics.

This physician assistant program includes specialized coursework focused on preparing you for success in your graduate studies and professional careers. Graduates may acquire foundational knowledge in biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and health care issues.

Excellent pre-physician assistant programs provide a solid foundation with both classroom lectures and hands-on learning in labs. The program at GCU introduces basic concepts in microbiology, chemistry, physics and human anatomy and physiology. The dynamic combination of academic labs and lectures ensures you will be able to apply principles learned in class and develop fundamental skills through hands-on experimentation. You will further engage in the study of human anatomy and physiology, which includes the study of cells, tissues and genetics, as well as the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.

As you continue to advance through the pre-physician assistant program, you will build a foundation in basic nutrition theory in the Applied Nutrition course, as well as explore pathophysiology, organic chemistry, principles of biochemistry and genetics.

Since a major part of a PA's job is working with patients, physicians and other health care professionals, effective communication skills are essential. This pre-physician assistant degree program helps you develop and refine these skills, as well as investigate the psychological, spiritual and physical components of health, wellness and medical intervention. The program will expose you to spirituality and Christian values in health care and wellness, health psychology, legal and ethical principles in health and challenges of global health.

Students who earn a BS in biology with a specialty in pre-physician assistant have the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge and skills working in GCU's state-of-the-art cadaver lab.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.

On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.