Pre-Physician Assistant Advising

The College of Health Professions offers advising and information to students interested in pursuing education and a career as a Physician Assistant. Towson University offers a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in collaboration with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) - Essex Campus.


Pre-Physician Assistant Advising

If you are majoring in a College of Health Professions (CHP) department/program, please contact Lauren Zanta at . If you are majoring in a Fisher College of Science & Mathematics (FCSM) department, please see FCSM's Pre-Physician Assistant Advising.

The three primary requirements for application to our Physician Assistant program are:

  1. completion of a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. completion of a minimum of 800 patient contact hours;
  3. completion of 6 prerequisite courses. Those courses are: Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits with lab); Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits with lab); Microbiology (4 credits with lab); Biochemistry (3 credits); college level statistics course (3 credits); and Medical Terminology (minimum of 2 credits).

A full description of the Towson University-CCBC Physician Assistant program, including all of the application requirements and processes, can be found on our website.

Typical applicants to physician assistant programs complete degrees in the sciences and/or health care, although all degrees are acceptable if the prerequisite requirements have been met. Undergraduate majors frequently seen among our applicants include biology, nursing, exercise science, and athletic training. With careful planning, students can complete their prerequisite course requirements in conjunction with the requirements for their bachelor’s degree program.

For more Information, contact Lauren Zanta in the College of Health Professions, at . You can receive guidance about meeting the Physician Assistant program prerequisite requirements, along with the advising you receive from your major.

The requirements for licensure as a physician assistant in Maryland are:

  1. graduation from a physician assistant program that is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA);
  2. current certification by the National Commission on Licensure of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Physician assistants receive NCCPA certification after successfully completing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Individual states may impose additional requirements for licensure.

A complete listing of accredited Physician Assistant programs nationwide can be found on the Physician Assistant Education Association website.

More information about the physician assistant profession can be found on the American Academy of Physician Assistants website.