Although each school provides different requirements and course offerings, below are examples of courses that fulfill the nurse practitioner and physician assistant prerequisites from UC Davis; California State University, Sacramento; Los Rios Community College District; San Diego Community College District; Santa Monica College; Sierra College; UC Berkeley; UC Irvine; West Los Angeles College and Woodland Community College. All prerequisites are required at the college level from an accredited school and must be completed prior to submitting your application. Each prerequisite is expected to be one full course, either a quarter or a semester, and a minimum of three semester or four quarter units.

Please note that these lists are only examples. Applicants may email HS-BettyIreneMooreSON@ucdavis.edu with questions regarding prerequisite course eligibility and should include the full course titles, course descriptions and school names for any courses in question.

Chemistry with lab

  • One CHE 2 series course: General Chemistry

Human Anatomy with lab

  • EXB 106 + EXP 106L: Human Gross Anatomy + Human Gross Anatomy Laboratory

Human Physiology with lab

  • NPB 101 + NPB 101L: Systemic Physiology + Systemic Physiology Laboratory

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • MIC 101: Introductory Microbiology

English Composition

  • UWP 1: Expository Writing
  • Or UWP 101: Advanced Composition

Two Social Science courses

  • PSC 1: General Psychology
  • SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • ANT 2: Cultural Anthropology

Chemistry with lab

  • CHEM 1A: General Chemistry I
  • Or CHEM 1B: General Chemistry II

Human Anatomy with lab

  • BIO 22: Introductory Human Anatomy

Human Physiology with lab

  • BIO 131: Systemic Physiology

OR Combined Human Anatomy and Physiology Series with labs

  • BIO 25: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • And BIO 26: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • BIO 39: Microbiology for Allied Health Students
  • Or BIO 139: General Microbiology

English Composition

  • ENGL 1: Basic Writing Skills
  • Or ENGL 20: College Composition II
  • Or ENGL 120A: Advanced Composition

Two Social Science Courses

  • PSYC 2: Introductory Psychology
  • SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • ANTH 2: Cultural Anthropology

Chemistry with lab

  • CHEM 1A: General Chemistry
  • Or CHEM 1B: General Chemistry II

Combined Human Anatomy and Physiology Series with labs

  • BIO 40A: Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • And BIO 40B: Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • And BIO 40C: Human Anatomy and Physiology

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • BIO 26: Introductory Microbiology

English Composition

  • EWRT 1A: Composition and Reading
  • Or EWRT 2: Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking

Two Social Science Courses

  • PSYC 1: General Psychology
  • SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • ANTH 2: Cultural Anthropology

American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College and Sacramento City College

Chemistry with lab

  • CHEM 400 or 401: General Chemistry
  • Or CHEM 309: Integrated General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

Combined Human Anatomy and Physiology Series with labs

  • BIOL 430 and 431: Anatomy and Physiology

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • BIOL 440: General Microbiology

English Composition

  • ENGWR 101: College Writing
  • Or ENGWR 300: College Composition
  • Or ENGWR 302: Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking

Two Social Science courses:

  • PSYCH 300: General Principles
  • SOC 300: Introductory Sociology
  • ANTH 310: Cultural Anthropology

San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College

Chemistry with lab

  • CHEM 200 + 200L: General Chemistry I + General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Or CHEM 201 + 201L: General Chemistry II + General Chemistry II Laboratory

Human Anatomy with lab

  • BIOL 230: Human Anatomy

Human Physiology with lab

  • BIOL 235: Human Physiology

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • BIOL 205: General Microbiology

English Composition

  • ENGL 49: Basic Composition
  • Or ENGL 101: Reading and Composition

Two Social Science courses

  • PSYC 101: General Psychology
  • SOCO 101: Principles of Sociology
  • ANTH 103: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Chemistry with lab

  • CHEM 11: General Chemistry I
  • Or CHEM 12: General Chemistry II
  • Or CHEM 19: Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

Human Anatomy with lab

  • ANATMY 1: General Human Anatomy
  • Or ANATMY 2: Advanced Human Anatomy

Human Physiology with lab

  • PHYS 3: Human Physiology

OR Combined Human Anatomy and Physiology Series with labs

  • BIO 25: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Or BIO 26: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • MCRBIO 1: Fundamentals of Microbiology

English Composition

  • ENGL 1: Reading and Composition I
  • Or ENGL 31: Advanced Composition

Two Social Science courses

  • PSYCH 1: General Psychology
  • SOCIOL 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • ANTHRO 2: Cultural Anthropology

Chemistry with lab

  • CHEM 0001A: General Chemistry I
  • Or CHEM 0001B: General Chemistry II

Human Anatomy with lab

  • BIOL 0005: Human Anatomy

Human Physiology with lab

  • BIOL 0006: Human Physiology

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • BIOL 0004: Microbiology
  • Or BIO 139: General Microbiology

English Composition

  • ENGL 0001A: Introduction to Composition

2 Social Science courses

  • PSYC 0100: General Principles of Psychology
  • SOC 0001: Introduction to Sociology
  • ANTH 0002: Cultural Anthropology

Chemistry with lab

  • CHEM 1A + CHEM 1AL: General Chemistry + General Chemistry Laboratory

Human Anatomy with lab

  • INTEGBI 131 + INTEGBI 131L: General Human Anatomy + General Human Anatomy Laboratory

Human Physiology with lab

  • MCELLBI 32 + MCELLBI 32L: Introduction to Human Physiology + Introduction to Human Physiology Laboratory

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • MCELLBI C112 + MCELLBI C112L: General Microbiology + General Microbiology Laboratory

English Composition

  • COLWRIT R4A: Reading and Composition

2 Social Science courses

  • PSYCH 1: General Psychology
  • SOCIOL 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • ANTHRO 3: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Chemistry with lab

  • One CHEM 1 series course + one CHEM 1L course: General Chemistry + General Chemistry Laboratory

Human Anatomy with lab

  • BIO SCI D170: Applied Human Anatomy

Human Physiology with lab

  • BIO SCI E109 + BIO SCI E112L: Human Physiology + Physiology Laboratory
  • Or BIO SCI E183 + BIO SCI E112L: Exercise Physiology + Physiology Laboratory

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • BIO SCI M122 + BIO SCI M118L: General Microbiology + Experimental Microbiology Laboratory
  • Or BIO SCI M122 + BIO SCI M122L: General Microbiology + Advanced Microbiology Laboratory

English Composition

  • WRITING 39A: Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric
  • Or WRITING 139W: Advanced Expository Writing

2 Social Science courses

  • PSYCH 7A: Introduction to Physiology
  • SOCIOL 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • ANTHRO 2A: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Chemistry with lab

  • CHEM 101: General Chemistry I
  • Or CHEM 102: General Chemistry II

Human Anatomy with lab

  • ANATOMY 1: Introduction to Human Anatomy

Human Physiology with lab

  • PHYSIOL: Introduction to Human Physiology

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • MICRO 20: General Microbiology

English Composition

  • ENGLISH 28: Intermediate Reading and Composition
  • Or ENGLISH 101: College Reading and Composition I
  • Or ENGLISH 102: College Reading and Composition II
  • Or ENGLISH 103: Composition and Critical Thinking

2 Social Science courses

  • PSYCH 1: General Psychology
  • SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • ANTHRO 102: Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology

Chemistry with lab

  • CHEM 1A: General Chemistry

Human Anatomy with lab

  • BIOL 4: Human Anatomy

Human Physiology with lab

  • BIOL 5: Human Physiology

Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab

  • BIOL 6: Introductory Microbiology

English Composition

  • ENGL 1A: College Composition and Reading
  • Or ENGL 1C: Critical Thinking/Advanced Composition

2 Social Science courses:

  • PSYCH 1A: General Psychology
  • SOCIL 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • ANTHR 2: Cultural Anthropology