Prerequisite Course Work

Required Course Semester Hours Lab Required Must be designated as
courses for science majors
Human Anatomy* 4 X X

BSC2085/2085L* (combined A&P1) or
PET3322/3322L (A&P1) 

Human Physiology* 4 X X BSC2086/2086L* (combined A&P2)  or
PET 3323C (A&P2)
Biology 8 X X BSC2010, 2010L
BSC2011, 2011L
Microbiology 4  X  X MCB2004 or 
MCB 4403 with lab (preferred)
General Chemistry 8 X  X CHM1045, 1045L
CHM1046, 1046L
Organic Chemistry 4 X X CHM2210, CMH2211L, CHM3217, CMH 3217L
Biochemistry 3   X BCH4053, CHM3218
Genetics 3   X PCB3063
Statistics 3    X STA2122 or  STA2171
College Algebra (or higher) 3     MAC1105
English Composition or other writing intensive coursework 6     ENC1101 and ENC1102 or ENC2135
General Psychology     PSY2012
Medical Terminology 1 course     CLT2049 or APK2001



*Anatomy and Physiology can be taken as combined courses with lab for a total of 8 semester hours.
**There is no expiration date for prerequisite coursework. However, the length of time since the courses were completed will be taken into consideration as part of the overall admission decision. More recent is considered favorable.

***Survey courses will not satisfy prerequisite science requirements.***


COVID19 Prerequisite and Direct Patient Care Hours Statement

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the FSU SPAP will permit applicants to have up to 2 (two) prerequisite courses outstanding at the time of application for the 2023 cycle which begins May 1, 2023.  We are aware of several instances where courses have been cancelled or modified during the current and summer semester, and we recognize that this may leave some applicants with outstanding coursework.  If accepted, outstanding prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring 2024 semester in order to matriculate.

We have also extended the deadline for Direct Patient Care hours.  Applicants may apply to the FSU PA Program with outstanding Direct Patient Care hours with the expectation that the hours will be completed by the end of the Spring 2024 semester.


At its September 2022 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) extended Accreditation-Probation status for the Florida State University School of Physician Assistant Practice program sponsored by Florida State University until its next review in September 2024.


Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.


Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.


Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).


The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at