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Pre-Physician Assistant, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code: 2_CN_PREPA
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Pre-Physician Assistant certificate satisfies prerequisite coursework for most graduate-level programs in this field. The 19 unit certificate program offers students the opportunity to complete the required foundational sciences, social science, and statistics coursework. The certificate focuses on providing students who want to apply to a master’s degree program certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant for the professional credential, Physician Assistant (PA).

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Name and identify the basic structures of the human body. 
  2. Explain the six criteria that are used to define normal verses abnormal behavior. 
  3. Develop an understanding of statistical modeling through the study of and applications to data sets in the social and behavioral sciences.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
BIOL G182Zoology4
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
Total Units19