The Cuyahoga Community College PA program requires all applicants, regardless of experience or education, to complete all of the below courses or course equivalents and receive a grade of "B" or higher (grades of C or lower will not be accepted). All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation. The PA program does not offer advance placement standing or waive any prerequisites. All science courses listed must be completed within ten years of application date.
Please note: Due to the rigorous nature of this graduate level program, it is imperative that all applicants meet these requirements, no exceptions will be granted.
General Biology I
Designed for science majors. Study of molecular and cellular basis of life, energy transformation, metabolism, cellular reproduction, genetics, evolution and the origin of life, and introduction to biological organization.
General Biology II
Designed for science majors. Study of biological diversity. Examines plant and animal structure, function, and development. Considers population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization and animal behavior.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Study of structure and function of the human body. Includes fundamental concepts of cellular structure, tissues, organs, and systems. Study of structure, function, and terminology of skeletal, muscular, integumentary, nervous, and endocrine systems. Laboratory experiences include demonstrations, microscopic observations, anatomic models, and videos related to topics. Separate Anatomy and Physiology classes are accepted.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Study of structure and function of the human body. Study of structure, function, and terminology of cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary systems, digestive, and reproductive system. Study of immunology, cellular division, embryological and fetal development, classical genetics and genetic technology. Laboratory experiences include demonstrations, microscopic observations, anatomic models, and videos related to topics. Separate Anatomy and Physiology classes are accepted.
Survey of microorganisms in terms of physiology, biochemistry, genetics, and diversity with emphasis placed on prokaryotes and eukaryotes causing human diseases. Methods of their control including physical, mechanical, chemical, chemotherapeutic, and role of the immune system discussed.
General Chemistry I with Lab
Study of fundamental principles of chemistry emphasizing atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, solutions, stoichiometry, and state of matter. Must take associated laboratory course.
General Chemistry II with Lab
Emphasis on kinetics, equilibrium concepts, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, thermodynamics, coordination chemistry and organic chemistry. Must take associated laboratory course.
Organic Chemistry OR Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Functional group chemistry of aliphatic compounds covering nomenclature, structural-reactivity, and synthetic reactions. Theoretical concepts, structural bonding, sterochemistry and reaction mechanisms emphasized. Use of various spectrometric techniques for identification of compounds introduced.
Structure and properties of representative carbon compounds and applications to everyday life. Nature and metabolism of biochemical compounds and relationship of nucleic acids to protein synthesis.
Scientific study of human behavior. Topics include the history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, motivation and emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, social psychology and diversity.
Elementary Probability and Statistics I
Includes study of descriptive statistics, relationships in bivariate data using scatter plots, two-way tables, correlation coefficients, and simple linear regression. Study of elementary probability, probability distributions, normal distribution, binomial distribution, sampling concepts, sampling distribution of sample mean, estimation, and hypothesis testing.
Medical Terminology I
Terminology utilized by health care professionals. Emphasis on correct spelling, definition, and pronunciation. Usage of basic and complex medical terms related to the body as a whole, and to the musculoskeletal, digestive, respiratory, urinary, female reproductive, male reproductive and cardiovascular systems. Proficient use of medical dictionary is emphasized.
- A full year of general biology, general chemistry, and anatomy and physiology is required.
- All science prerequisites should be designed specifically for science majors.
- All science courses MUST have an associated lab.
- Anatomy and Physiology courses must be HUMAN Anatomy & Physiology. Some courses may be titled slightly different such as ‘Mammalian Anatomy’ or ‘Vertebrate Anatomy’. These courses in some cases may be satisfactory, if the student can provide a course description from the registrar that clearly states there is a human emphasis. It is satisfactory if the college divides the A&P I and II into one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology.
- If prerequisites are greater than ten years old, you may consider completing CLEP testing. The TRI-C PA program does accept CLEP credits, please verify the minimum score required by calling the College Registrar. TRI-C is not a CLEP testing center.
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