Take the First Step to Become a Physician's Assistant By Earning Your Bachelor’s in Biology Pre-PA Degree
A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant allows GCU graduates to pursue careers as physician assistants. Students who successfully complete the coursework in this pre physician assistant program at GCU are prepared to apply for graduate level physician assistant programs.
The GCU pre physician assistant program ensures that students study all the topics they need to prepare for future roles as physician assistants. The program includes topics like;
- Ethics in healthcare
- Global health
- Biological sciences
- Physical sciences.
Students who graduate with a BS in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant and go on to become physician assistants must work closely with patients and physicians. This pre-physician’s assistant program emphasizes the importance of interpersonal communication.
Gain Foundational Knowledge in Biological Sciences
All future physician assistants who graduate from the GCU College of Science, Engineering and Technology are well prepared in their field. The College uses five domains to ensure that the coursework for the pre physician assistant Bachelor of Science program is effective. Courses are part of these domains:
- Science Foundations
- Professional and Scientific Communication
- Professionalism and Ethics
- Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Advanced Biomedical Concepts
The advanced scientific concepts included in these domains ensure that pre-physician assistant grads receive the training they need. Students in the program study:
- Complex biological networks
- Human anatomy
- Scientific inquiry and methods
- Lab methods
- Ethical healthcare issues
- Chemistry and organic compounds
- Heredity and genetic issues
- Disease and syndromes
Prepare for a Graduate Physician Assistant Program With a Pre-PA Bachelor of Science in Biology
Advanced physician assistant studies are the next stop in higher education for many BS in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant program grads. The core coursework may also lead pre-physician assistant students into other allied health graduate programs. Pre physician assistant graduates may work in a number of healthcare settings, including physicians’ offices, hospitals and clinics.
If you are interested in beginning a career as a physician assistant, a pre physician assistant degree may be the right choice for you. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant today.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.