Prerequisite Coursework

Required Prerequisite Coursework

All applicants must complete the required undergraduate coursework and admission criteria prior to application with a grade of “C” or better. All coursework must be completed with the minimum number of semester hours or quarter units listed below.

  1. Human Anatomy with lab*    (4 semester hours or 5 quarter units)
  2. Human Physiology with lab*   (4 semester hours or 5 quarter units)
  3. General Biology with lab    (4 semester hours or 5 quarter units)
  4. General Chemistry with lab (I and II)    (8 semester hours or 10 quarter units)
  5. Microbiology with lab*   (3 semester hours or 4 quarter units)
  6. Psychology: General, developmental or abnormal   (3 semester hours or 4 quarter units)
  7. General Sociology or Anthropology    (3 semester hours or 4 quarter units)
  8. Bio-statistics or Statistics    (3 semester hours or 4 quarter units)
  9. Medical Terminology    (1 course from a regionally accredited institution)
  10. English/College Writing ( I and II; 1 yr)**    (6 semester hours or 8 quarter units)
  11. Speech Communication   (2 semester hours or 3 quarter units)
  12. Philosophy or Religion or Ethics or Critical Thinking    (3 semester hours or 4 quarter units)

Note:  ALL coursework MUST be completed at the time of  submission of the application. The admissions committee will not review any applications with pending coursework.

Recommended Prerequisite Coursework
  1. History of Fine Arts
  2. Creative and Artistic Expression

The following are examples of the University of La Verne prerequisite course equivalents. Course units in parenthesis are identified as semester hours.

Life Sciences
BIO 343 – Human Anatomy (4)
BIO 344 – Human Physiology (4)
BIO 201 – General Biology I (4)
BIO 302 – Microbiology (4)
CHEM 201 – General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 202 – General Chemistry II (4)
KINE 418 – Special Topics: Medical Terminology (2) [Topics change every semester, Medical Terminology is not always offered.]

Biochemistry courses do not fulfill General Chemistry or General Biology prerequisite course requirements.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
ANTH 250 – Issues in Anthropology (4)
ANTH 320 – Cultural Anthropology (4)
ANTH 370 – Medical Anthropology (4)
PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology (4)
SOC 250 – Introduction to Sociology (4)
SOC 311/REL 305 – World Religions: East (4)
SOC 340 – Social Psychology (4)

Click here for a more extensive list of courses at University of La Verne that meet the Social and Behavioral Sciences prerequisite requirement.

Quantitative Reasoning
BUS 270 – Business Statistics (4)
CH 401 – Biostatistics for Community Health (4)
HSM 201 – Statistics (4)
MGMT/PADM 388 – Statistics (4)
PSY 305 – Statistics (4)
SOC/ANTH 390 – Research Methods (4)

Philosophy, Religion, Ethics, Critical Thinking
HUM 305 – Values & Critical Thinking (4)
PHIL 110 – Introduction to Philosophy (4)
PHIL 330 – Ethics (4)
PHIL 350 – Topics in Philosophy  (4)
PHIL 351 – Philosophy of Religion
REL 100 – Introduction to Religion (4)
REL 348 – Formative Thinkers of 20th Century Theology (4)
REL 390 – Topics in Religion(4)
REL 398 – Topics in Urban Studies (4)

Click here for a more extensive list of courses at University of La Verne that meet the Philosophy, Religion,  Ethics, or Critical Thinking prerequisite requirement.

Written Communication
WRT 110 – College Writing A (4)
WRT 111 – College Writing & Research (4)

Oral Communication
SPCM 100 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
SPCM 210 – Interpersonal Communication (4)
SPCM 220 – Intercultural Communication (4)
SPCM 420 – Health Communication (4)
THAR 311 – Oral Communication (2)

For Course Equivalency Information:

To review the course descriptions on courses offered by University of La Verne, please use the Course Equivalency link above. Start by selecting the upcoming term (i.e. Fall 2017), then complete all required fields, including the title of the course offered by University of La Verne (i.e. PHIL 110). Alternatively (after selecting the upcoming term) select only the subject (BZ) to get a list of all courses offered in that discipline area. Review the course description for equivalency on courses that are in progress or completed elsewhere.


*Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab, Microbiology with lab must have been completed within 7 years of the cohort start date to ensure recent knowledge in the subject area.

*Human Anatomy and Physiology (I and II) can be a combined course for a total of 8 semester hours or 10 quarter units (1 year).

*Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab, Chemistry, Biology and Microbiology may not be taken by an online or correspondence format. They must have a lab. The program wants to ensure that all students have tactile experiences in using equipment that will be used in a clinical setting. (Update March 2021: In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the PA Program recognizes that some courses had to be transitioned online. Prerequisite coursework with labs that were completed or converted online during Spring 2020 and afterward, will be accepted until further notice.)

**English/College Writing (I and II) must both be taken for a total of  at least 6 semester hours or 8 quarter units (1 year).