Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Program

MEDEX Physician Assistant Track

General Requirements

Students generally spend the first two years at UAA as a BSHS pre-major fulfilling the course requirements for UW MEDEX and the UAA BSHS degree and completing the 4000 hour clinical experience requirement. However students may complete the prerequisite courses at any accredited college or university.

Students who have completed all the MEDEX requirements can apply to MEDEX in the fall of their sophomore year (deadline October 1) and then proceed with completing their sophomore year courses. See MEDEX Admissions. Students who are successfully admitted to MEDEX begin their MEDEX coursework in March with an online Human Anatomy and Physiology refresher course and the students report to Seattle to begin their classroom work in July.

Download the Check-off List for 2012-2013 (Word format)

General University Requirements

All students, with the exception of the following, must complete all General University Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degrees, which can be found in the UAA catalog.

In conjunction with a collaborative agreement between the University of Washington MEDEX program and UAA, students who hold a MEDEX PA certificate may use their MEDEX courses to meet the UAA General University Requirements that 24 upper division credits must be completed in residence at UAA and 12 credits in the major must be completed in residence at UAA. These students will, however, be required to meet all other General University Requirements, including completion of at least 30 credits in residence at UAA.

General Education Requirements

Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees, which can be found in the UAA catalog.

Major Requirements

Complete the following course:

  • HS A491 Selected Topics: Health Care Issues in Alaska (1-6) (3 cr.)

MEDEX students concurrently admitted to the BSHS degree program at UAA and the UW MEDEX program must complete the following:

  • HS A463 Physician Assistant Clinical Clerkship I (12 cr.)
  • HS A464 Physician Assistant Clinical Clerkship II (12 cr.)
  • HS A465 Physician Assistant Family Practice Clerkship I (12 cr.)
  • HS A466 Physician Assistant Family Practice Clerkship II (12 cr.)

A total of 120 credits are required for the degree, of which 42 must be upper division.

Core Course Descriptions

  • ENGLA111 Methods of Written Communication (3 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 0
    Prerequisites: ENGL A109 with minimum grade of C or PRPE A108 with minimum grade of C.
    Registration Restrictions: Appropriate score on English Placement Test, SAT Verbal Section, or ACT English Test will waive the ENGL A109 or PRPE A108 prerequisite.
    Course Attributes: GER Written Communication Requirement.
    Course Description: Instruction in composition of expository essays with emphasis on different techniques for organization and development. Documented paper required. Readings in some sections may be coordinated with another discipline.
    -Special Fees
    -Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
  • ENGLA212 Technical Writing (3 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 0
    Prerequisites: ENGL A111 with minimum grade of C.
    Course Attributes: GER Written Communication Requirement.
    Course Description: Instruction in composition of technical correspondence, informal, and formal reports. Develops a broad range of college and career writing skills. Investigative report required.
    -Special Fees
    -Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
  • BIOL A111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I(4 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 3
    Corequisite: BIOL A111L.
    Course Attributes: GER Natural Sciences w/ Lab.
    Course Description: An introduction to human structure and function. The integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems are considered.
    Special Note: Accepted for biology major credit only by petition. Satisfies UAA general education and CAS natural science degree requirements for specified baccalaureate degree programs. One 3-hour lab per week.
  • BIOL A112 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 3
    Prerequisites: BIOL A111.
    Corequisite: BIOL A112L.
    Course Attributes: GER Natural Sciences w/ Lab.
    Course Description: A continuation of BIOL A111. The circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, reproductive and immune systems are considered.
    Special Note: Accepted for biology major credit only by petition. Satisfies UAA general education and CAS natural science degree requirements for specified baccalaureate programs. One 3-hour lab per week.
  • PSY A111 General Psychology (3 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 0
    Course Attributes: GER Social Sciences Requirement.
    Course Description: Introduces psychology through presentation of outstanding research and theories. Includes physiological, developmental, abnormal perception, motivation, learning, and personality.
    -Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • PSY A150 Life Span Development (3 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 0
    Course Attributes: GER Social Sciences Requirement.
    Course Description: Reviews physical, cognitive, and socioemotional aspects of human growth, maturation, and development across the life span. Covers prenatal period, infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, and early, middle, and late adulthood.
    -Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • HS A491 Selected Topics: Health Care in Alaska (3 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 0
    Registration Restrictions: Acceptance into the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program, or instructor permission.
    Course Description: Provides specialized course content for health care professionals in Alaska. Topics covered will be of special interest to practitioners in both rural and urban settings. Subjects will be drawn from current health care priority areas including diseases specific to Alaska, substance abuse, behavioral health, and appropriate health care practices.
  • CHEM A103 Survey of Chemistry (3 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 0
    Prerequisites: MATH A055 with minimum grade of C or MATH A060 with minimum grade of C.
    Registration Restrictions: CHEM A055 with minimum grade of C or high school chemistry.
    Course Attributes: GER Natural Sciences Requirement.
    Course Description: Covers units of measurement, periodic table, chemical equations, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, radioactivity, oxidation-reduction reactions, solutions, acids, bases, and buffers. Introduction to organic chemistry including units covering alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic compounds, alcohols, phenols, ethers, and halides.
  • CHEM A103L Survey of Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 0 + 3
    Prerequisites: CHEM A103 or concurrent enrollment.
    Course Attributes: GER Natural Sciences w/Lab.
    Course Description: Introductory laboratory to teach the basics of laboratory equipment, data gathering, analysis, and reporting.
    -Special Fees
  • BIOL A102 Introductory Biology (3 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 0
    Course Attributes: GER Natural Sciences Requirement.
    Course Description: One semester freshman level course for students with little or no biology background. Includes basic organization of cells, organs, organisms, populations, evolution and functional relationships relevant to modern living.
    Special Note: Primarily for non-science majors. Satisfies UAA general education and CAS Natural Science degree requirements.
  • BIOL A240 Introductory Microbiology (4 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 3 + 3
    Registration Restrictions: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL A112 or 8 hours in biology or chemistry.
    Corequisite: BIOL A240L.Course Description: General introductory microbiology and virology with emphasis on those areas relating to health sciences, including host parasite interactions, host defense mechanisms, and epidemiology.
    Special Note: Recommended for associate and baccalaureate health science programs. Laboratory exercises generally require students to return to the lab to record experimental results after 24 hours, throughout the semester. Accepted for biology major credit only by petition.
  • HS A463 Physician Assistant Clinical Clerkship I (12 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 0 + 4
    Registration Restrictions: MEDEX 469. Acceptance into the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program or by instructor permission.
    Course Description: The first of a two-part course that provides clinical practice in selected institution-based or specialty practice settings, such as psychiatry, dermatology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, surgery, or gynecology and obstetrics.
    Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass.
  • HS A464 Physician Assistant Clinical Clerkship II (12 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 0 + 4
    Prerequisites: HS A463.
    Course Description: The second of a two-part course that provides clinical practice in selected institution-based or specialty practice settings, such as psychiatry, dermatology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, surgery, or gynecology and obstetrics.
    Registration Restrictions: Acceptance into the University of Washington MEDEX Northwestern Physician Assistant Program.
    Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass.
  • HS A465 Physician Assistant Family Practice Clerkship I (12 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 0 + 4Course Description: The first part of a two-course sequence that encompasses the treatment of patients in all age groups. Focus is on health maintenance, preventive care, and the psychosocial aspects of illnesses as they relate to the patient and his/her family. Students will develop the skills necessary to evaluate, manage, and monitor common health complaints and problems.
    Registration Restrictions: MEDEX 464. Acceptance into the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program.
    Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass.
  • HS A466 Physician Assistant Family Practice Clerkship II (12 cr.)
    Contact Hours: 0 + 4
    Course Description: The second part of a two-course sequence that encompasses the treatment of patients in all age groups. Focus is on health maintenance, preventive care, and the psychosocial aspects of illnesses as they relate to the patient and his/her family. Students will develop the skills necessary to evaluate, manage, and monitor common health complaints and problems.
    Registration Restrictions: MEDEX 465. Acceptance into the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program.
    Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass.