Prerequisite Courses

In addition to the completion of a Bachelor's degree, taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and acquisition of 1,800 hours of paid healthcare-relevant experience (updated 4-6-2020), applicants must achieve a ‘C’ or better in all prerequisite courses AND have a pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted for prerequisite courses.

The applicant must acquire a baccalaureate degree by September 1, 2020. The baccalaureate degree must be obtained through an institution of higher learning accredited by a Department of Education (DOE) recognized accrediting agency.

All RRCC PA program prerequisites must be acquired at US institutions of higher learning accredited by a DOE recognized agency. The applicant must complete all RRCC PA program prerequisites by September 1, 2020. Coursework completed after September 1, 2020 will not be accepted. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted for prerequisite courses. Applicants must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher. Online prerequisite courses are accepted. Please note: all specified prerequisite courses are required, no substitutions for prerequisite coursework will be accepted.

College Algebra or higher (Advanced Placement or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is accepted for this prerequisite only. Please note, transcripts must verify AP or CLEP credits are designated/awarded for College Algebra course. AP or CLEP credits submitted without transcript verification will not be accepted by the RRCC PA Program admission committee). 

3 semester hours


Allowable from any department

3 semester hours

Physics (must be Algebra-based or higher)

Must be taken within a physics or math department

3 semester hours

Cell Biology* (200 level or higher)

Course must be taken within a science department

Cannot be substituted for an upper level general biology, microbiology, or combined cell/microbiology course

3 semester hours

Genetics* (200 level or higher)

Course must be taken within a science department

3 semester hours

Human/Mammalian Anatomy* and Physiology*
(200 level or higher) 3 semester hours each or combination course of Anatomy/Physiology totaling 6 semester hours

Course must be taken within a science department

6 semester hours

Organic Chemistry* (200 level or higher)

Course must be taken in a chemistry department

3 semester hours

 *Please note: 200 level equivalent (sophomore level) course or above is necessary to meet the requirement. These courses usually require a freshman level (100 level equivalent) pre-requisite course.

Courses taken as part of a professional program (for example: nursing, pharmacy, chiropractic medicine, dentistry) do not fulfill program prerequisites. 

Please note that these prerequisites represent the minimum requirements to be considered for admission. Successful applicants (admitted to the program) usually have significant additional science coursework at or above the 200 level equivalent (sophomore level).

Advanced placement is not accepted in lieu of any prerequisite except for college algebra. Transcripts must verify AP or CLEP credits are designated/awarded for college algebra. Advanced standing, credit for experiential learning, or courses completed as part of a professional degree will not be accepted for any course required as part of the PA curriculum.