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UNC Chapel Hill: Physician Assistant

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Program: 24 months (98 credit hours), admits 20 students, and starts in January. New program.

Application: Apply between April and Mid-July.

In-State Tuition (total): $51,000. This does not include additional costs/fees, which can range from $5,000 to over $12,000.

Admission Info:

  • Average GPA: Info not listed
  • Recommended GRE Scores: Quantitative and Verbal - 150 or higher; Analytical - 3.5 or higher
  • Health care experience: Minimum of 1,000 hours
  • Three letters of recommendation: Preference is given to applicants with two out of three letters from physicians, PAs or clinical supervisors, and others familiar with your clinical experience. Personal recommendations will not be considered


All prerequisite work must be done at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. The program will not accept transfer credit from other physician assistant programs. Prerequisite courses should have been completed with grades “C” or better. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that all prerequisite courses be taken within the last seven years. Students with prerequisite courses older than seven years are encouraged to audit or retake courses to refresh their understanding of the subject matter. You cannot substitute higher level courses for the general courses listed below. For example, taking one general biology course with lab and a higher level biology does not meet the requirements for two foundational biology courses. AP credits cannot be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements. No online lab courses are accepted.

  • Anatomy and Physiology – lecture and lab (Human-based highly preferred) - 8 credits (UNCW: BIO/L 240 and BIO/L 241)
  • General Biology  (4 semester hours with lab) (UNCW: BIO/L 201)
  • Microbiology (3 semester hours) (UNCW: BIO/L 246 or BIO/L 425)
  • One course selected from (3 semester hours): General Biology II (with lab), Cell Biology, Genetics, Histology, or Immunology (UNCW: BIO/L 202, BIO/L 335, Histology, or BIO 320)
  • Two courses selected from (8 semester hours with labs): General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry/Biological Chemistry, or Analytical Chemistry (UNCW: CHM/L 101, CHM/L 102, UNCW: CHM/L 211, BIO/L 465, or Analytical Chemistry)
  • One course selected from (3 semester hours): General Psychology, Introductory Sociology, or Introductory Epidemiology (UNCW: PSY 105, SOC 105, or Epidemiology)
  • Statistics or Biostatistics - 3 semester hours (UNCW: STT 210 or STT 215)

UNCW course recommendations: Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program.