EMU PA Pre-Admission Course Checklists
All of the following pre-admission courses must be completed by the appropriate deadlines and fulfill all associated requirements (below) prior to matriculation into the EMU PA Program.
General Chemistry with Lab
Organic Chemistry with Lab or Biochemistry with Lab
Microbiology with Lab
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.
- All pre-admission courses (including associated labs) must be completed with a minimum grade of "B-". 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 together. Applicants enrolled at institutions that use a combined letter grading scale (such as "AB" or "BC"), 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" or "pass/fail", as a grade must be assigned. No high school advanced placement courses/credits will be accepted.
- 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.
- For those applying for the EMU PA Program Class of 2016 (entering May 2014), at least 5 of the 7 required pre-admission courses must be completed by January 1, 2014. All pre-admission courses must be completed prior to May 2014 matriculation. At least a bachelor level degree must be completed prior to May 2014 matriculation. For those considering applying for the EMU PA Program Class of 2017 (entering May 2015), all 7 required pre-admission courses must be completed by January 1, 2015. At least a bachelor level degree must be completed prior to May 2015 matriculation.
- Each pre-admission course must be successfully completed within 10 years prior to May enrollment. For example, if you apply for the Class of 2016 (entering May 2014), all pre-admission courses must have been completed in May 2004 or more recent. All pre-admission courses must fall within this timeframe (no exceptions).
- 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. You may either take separate courses in Anatomy and Physiology (each being 3 semester credits hours or more), or you may have 2 semesters of a combined Anatomy/Physiology course (with a combined at least 6 semester credit hours or more).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- Developmental/Lifespan Psychology must include the course focus to be on psychology across the entire lifespan. Introduction to Psychology is generally not approved.
- Statistics may be taken from a variety of different departments/programs. For example, a statistics course may be housed in math, or psychology or even sociology. The main focus of the course must be on statistical analysis and statistical methods.
Pre-Admission Course Waiver or Testing Out:
- No pre-admission course waivers will be allowed. Every pre-admission course must be taken according to the information above. There are no tests that can be taken or will be accepted to waive pre-admission courses requirements. Further, no personal experiences or work history will be be accepted for any of the pre-admission courses.
- The course level requirement for each of the pre-admission courses must be at least 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).
- Pre-admission courses do not actually transfer in to the EMU PA Program, rather completion of all pre-admission courses fulfill 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.
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: Anatomy 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 "Anatomy" and 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 is "Yes", then 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, then please email us (email@example.com) 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
- Active weblink to the specific course in the course catalog
If the EMU PA Program requests, or if an active weblink to the course within the course catalog is not available, then a copy of the course syllabus may be required (via email attachment).
Contact us with your specific questions via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (734.487.2843).
The EMU PA Program Admissions Requirements are subject to change with or without advanced notice.