Prerequisite Courses

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • General Biology (BIO 120)
  • General Chemistry (CHM 109 or CHM 115 & 116)
  • Genetics (BIO 355 or BIO 375/376)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHM 231 or CHM 241 & 242)
  • *Biochemistry (CHM 232 or CHM 461)
  • *Human Anatomy (BMS 208 or  BMS 250 & 251)
  • *Human Physiology (BMS 290 & 291 or BMS 250 &251)
  • Statistics (STA 215)
  • Psychology Introductory course (PSY 101) or Lifespan Development (PSY 364)
  • *Microbiology (BMS 212 & 213)
  • Physics (PHY 200 or 220 & 221)

(GVSU equivalent courses in parenthesis)

*Courses marked by an asterisk (*) must be completed within the 5 calendar years of the year of application.  Example: A course completed in April 2013 will expire at the end of December 2018.

                    Waiver of the five-year rule may be granted on a case-by-case basis for
                    candidates with documented academic excellence and appropriate clinical
                    experience at the discretion of the admissions committee or the PAS
                    program director.  Applicants must submit an  Admissions Academic Request
                    Form and supporting documentation for consideration of a course waiver.  

The following courses MUST be completed at the time of application: Anatomy, Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology.  

If a course is part of a sequence, both courses are required to fulfill the course requirement. The higher of the two course grades will be used for calculating the prerequisite coursework GPA.

Prerequisite coursework taken as pass/fail will not be accepted.

Applicants may take competency examinations for credit; however, these courses will not count towards the calculated GPAs.

Courses from Michigan universities that fulfill GVSU PAS prerequisites

Click here for courses from Michigan universities that fulfill GVSU PAS prerequisites


Recommended Courses

These courses are NOT required but have been found to be beneficial for success in the GVSU PAS program.

  • Immunology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Nutrition
  • Cadaver Lab


Admissions Academic Request Form

The student who thinks they have highly unusual circumstances that impact their ability to meet the admissions criteria may appeal in writing to the PAS Admissions Committee by submitting an Admissions Academic Request Form (ARF).  An ARF only needs to be filled out if a student does not meet all the application requirements and has extenuating circumstances that have either mitigated the necessary requirements (as in a 5-year course waiver) or prevented the completion of the course (extension). All ARFs are due on or before July 15th 11:59 PM in the year of application.  No late ARF forms will be accepted.  ARF's need to be completed for each year in which a student applies.

Page last modified July 20, 2018