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Commonly Required Courses

These are typical requirements and recommendations for applying to PA programs.  If you are interested in applying to programs in one of the other health profession areas (medical, dental, pharmacy, PT, optometry, etc.) please review the recommended courses for that specific area.  

The health professional schools themselves provide the most accurate and up-to-date source of information.  Students should begin researching specific requirements of health professional schools they are interested in early in their academic careers and continue this research through their academic careers as health professional schools typically update their required and recommended courses on an annual basis. 

Students should also review Loyola department websites and LOCUS to determine relevant pre-requisites for courses listed below, what terms these courses are typically offered.

AreaSubjectLoyola Equivalent
Biology General Biology I BIOL 101 & 111
  General Biology II BIOL 102 & 112
  Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL 242
  Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL 243
  Microbiology BIOL 302
  Biochemistry CHEM 361 or CHEM 370
Chemistry Chemical Structure & Properties w/lab CHEM 160 & 161
  Chemical Reactivity I w/lab CHEM 180 & 181
  Chemical Reactivity II w/lab CHEM 240 & 241
  Quantitative Methods in Chemistry w/lab CHEM 260 & 261
  Biochemistry CHEM 361 or CHEM 370 
Math College Algebra MATH 117
  Pre-Calculus MATH 118
  Statistic STAT 103 or STAT 203 or PSYC 304 or STAT 335

MATH 131 (or 161) are pre-requisite for CHEM 260/261

English Composition Freshman Composition UCWR 110
  Upper Level Composition Course One Writing Intensive Course
Social & Behavioral Science Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology Two Courses

Occasionally required courses include (but are not limited to):
Additional behavioral science, genetics, medical terminology, and upper-level science courses