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Physician Assistants are essential players in the medical field. We will prepare you to examine patients, diagnose injuries, and develop treatment plans for patients through your coursework at Trinity. Most importantly, we will prepare you to succeed in a post-graduate program in this field.



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

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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 pre-requisites required for post-graduate study in this field.

Career Objectives Include:

Course Title Credits
Required Courses for General Education
BIO 111 General Biology 4 hours
CH 111 General Chemistry I 4 hours
MA 121 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4 hours
Required Courses for Major
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 Genetics
or BIO 430 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 Statistics – or –
MA 280X Introductory Statistics 3 hours
PHY 111 General Physics I 4 hours
PHY 112 General Physics II 4 hours
Required Bioethics Course
BE 474X Introduction to Bioethics – or –
BE 476X Undergraduate Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Required Clinical Hours* 
HS 480 Professional Rotation in Health Science** 1-6 hour(s)
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 Business Communication – or –
ENG 240X Writing for the Media I
* 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.