Eastern Michigan University

Pre-Admissions Courses

Pre-Admission Courses

All of the following pre-admission courses must be completed by the appropriate deadlines and fulfill all associated requirements (see notes below) in order to be considered for admission.

  1. Human Anatomy

  2. Human Physiology

  3. General Chemistry with Lab

  4. Organic Chemistry with Lab or Biochemistry with Lab

  5. Microbiology with Lab

  6. Lifespan Psychology

  7. Statistics

Notes on Pre-Admission Courses

College or University:

  • All pre-admission courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Pre-admission courses may be taken at traditional four year universities or community colleges. Both traditional classroom settings and online courses from these institutions are acceptable.
    There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Grades:

  • All pre-admission courses (including associated labs) must be completed with a minimum grade of "B-". Grades for repeated courses are not averaged. For pre-admission courses with separate final grades assigned for Lecture and Lab sections on a transcript, a minimum grade of "B-" is required in both sections. There is no averaging of these grades. Applicants enrolled at institutions that use a combined letter grading scale (such as "AB" or "BC"), note that all pre-admission courses must be "A", "AB", or "B". Receiving a grade of "BC" or lower does not meet the minimum grade requirement. For applicants enrolled at institutions that use a numerical system for grading, all pre-admission courses must have a grade of at least "2.7". Receiving a grade of "2.5" or lower does not meet the minimum grade requirement. No pre-admission course may be taken as "credit/no credit", "pass/fail", "advanced credit" or credit by exam such as CLEP or AP, as a grade must be assigned.

Credit Hours:

  • All pre-admission courses must consist of at least 3 semester credit hours. For those enrolled at institutions that use a quarter credit hour system, quarter credit hours will be converted to semester credit hours as follows: five (5) quarter hours = three (3) semester hours.

Completion Deadlines:

  • At least 5 of the 7 pre-admission courses (including associated labs) must be completed at the time of application. This includes the grades appearing and being verified on the CASPA application. All 7 required pre-admission courses must be completed by January 1 of the year entering the program (Ex. Jan. 1, 2017 for those starting the program in May 2017).

  • Each pre-admission course must be successfully completed within 10 years prior to May enrollment. For example, those applying to enter the program in May 2017, all pre-admission courses must have been completed in May 2007 or more recent. All pre-admission courses must fall within this timeframe. There are no exceptions and no waivers.

Specific Course Information:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology may be taken as separate Anatomy and Physiology courses or as part of Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II. A substantial portion of these courses must focus on humans and encompass virtually all body systems. Taking a lab with these courses is recommended, but not required. Applicants may either take separate courses in Anatomy and Physiology (each being 3 semester credits hours or more), or 2 semesters of a combined Anatomy/Physiology course (combined at least 6 semester credit hours or more). If taking Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II, these should be taken at the same institution. Contact us about Anatomy and Physiology courses that do not fit into the notes above.
  • General Chemistry with lab requires a lab in addition to lecture. These may be combined as one course (and thus one grade) or taken as separate courses (lecture course, lab course). Applicants do not need to take more than 1 semester of General Chemistry, as long as the course taken is at least 3 semester credit hours or more and includes a lab.
  • Organic Chemistry with lab or Biochemistry with lab may also be taken as a combined Organic/Biochemistry course with lab. The lecture with lab may be combined as one course (and thus one grade) or taken as separate courses (lecture course, lab course). Applicants do not need to take more than 1 semester of Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry, as long as the course taken is at least 3 semester credit hours or more and includes a lab. 
  • Microbiology with lab requires a lab in addition to lecture. These may be combined as one course (and thus one grade) or taken as separate courses (lecture course, lab course).
  • Lifespan Psychology must focus on psychology across the entire lifespan (birth to death). Common courses that are accepted include: Developmental Psychology and Lifespan Psychology. Courses such as Introduction to Psychology, General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology or Child Psychology are not accepted. Contact us if Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Psychology are not the titles for the course intended to fulfill this requirement.
  • Statistics may be taken from a variety of different departments/programs. For example, a statistics course may be housed in math, psychology or even sociology. The main focus of the course must be on statistical analysis and statistical methods with direct content or correlation to using statistics in research studies. Generally, Statistics is part of the course title.

Course Waiver, Advanced Placement or Testing Out:

  • No pre-admission course waivers will be allowed, no advanced placement courses/credits will be accepted and there is no testing out of any pre-admission course requirements. Every pre-admission course must be taken according to the information on this page. There are no tests that can be taken or will be accepted to waive pre-admission course requirements. Further, no personal experiences or work history will be be accepted in place of any of the required pre-admission courses.

Course Level:

  • The course level requirement for each of the pre-admission courses must be at the College/University level. No courses are accepted that are geared toward moving students from remedial (high school) levels to the College/University level. Graduate or Doctoral courses are accepted as long as an appropriate grade was received (see "Grades" above).

Transfer/Course Equivalency:

  • Pre-admission courses do not actually transfer in to the EMU PA Program. Successful completion of all pre-admission courses fulfills one of the minimum requirements necessary to matriculate into the EMU PA Program. The EMU PA Program makes the final determination as to whether a pre-admission course requirement has been met. Applicants are cautioned that transfer equivalency lists do not reflect the EMU PA Program's acceptable pre-admission courses. See notes below regarding contacting the EMU PA Program to determine if a course qualifies as an EMU PA Program pre-admission course.

Determination of Course Qualification

To determine if a course you have taken or plan to take will qualify as an EMU PA Program pre-admission course, follow the guide below:

Example: Physiology Pre-Admission Course

  • Was it taken at a regionally accredited college or university in the US?
  • Has it been completed within 10 years of planned matriculation or will it be completed by according to the guidelines above?
  • Is the course title "Physiology"? Does a substantial portion of the course focus on humans and encompass virtually all body systems?
  • Has a grade of "B-" or better been, or will be, achieved?
  • Is the course at least 3 semester credit hours?

If the answers to all of these questions are "yes", the course is likely to meet our requirements. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all pre-admission course requirements are met.

If you are not sure if a course qualifies, please email us (chhs_paprogram@emich.edu) with the following information:

  • College or University Name
  • Course Number & Title
  • Course Credit Hours (must designate: semester hour, quarter hour, etc.)
  • Date Completed/will be Completed
  • Grade on Transcript (if completed)
  • Active weblink to the specific course in the course catalog
  • Copy of the course syllabus

Questions?

Contact us at chhs_paprogram@emich.edu or 734.487.2843.

The EMU PA Program Admissions Requirements are subject to change without advanced notice.

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