Prerequisite Courses

  1. Upper Division Sciences: 6 hours (3000+ level courses)
  2. Microbiology or Bacteriology for science majors: 3-4 hours (with lab if offered) 
  3. Chemistry I and II: 8 hours (with labs) 
  4. Anatomy (human or comparative with a lab) 4 hours Human A&P I and Human A&P II can be taken to fulfill these requirements. Both courses must be taken to meet the prerequisite. 
  5. Physiology: 4 hours (general, human or comparative with lab)
  6. Statistics: 3 hours
  7. Genetics: 3-4 hours (with lab if offered) 
  8. Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry: 3-4 hours (with lab if offered)
  9. Behavioral Sciences: 6 hours (Sociology or Psychology) 
  10. College algebra or higher: 3 hours

**The list of prerequisites above reflects desired academic preparation necessary to be successful in the program. The Admissions Review Committee evaluates each course for prerequisite competencies prior to admission and holds ultimate authority in determining an applicant's achievement of those prerequisite competencies.**

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Mississippi State University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Mississippi State University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

For more information on the developing Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, please contact (