Applicants to Physician Assistant (PA)/Physical Therapy (PT)/Veterinary (DVM) programs: In addition to our postbacc core curriculum (which was designed to satisfy medical and dental program requirements), many PA, PT, and DVM programs require coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry. Program requirements vary by school, however, so as you are creating your academic plan it is important to check the admissions requirements of each school to which you are planning to apply. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the course prerequisites of your target programs. We cannot guarantee that NYU's postbacc curriculum will fulfill your program requirements.
PA/PT/DVM Programs' Application Services:
- Applicants to Physician Assistant (PA) programs should refer to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Keep in mind that not all PA programs participate in CASPA, and according to the CASPA site: "Each PA program has different deadline requirements and prerequisites for entry. Please contact the schools to which you are applying to determine their entry requirements."
- Applicants to Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs should refer to the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) for details on program prerequisites. VMCAS warns that their listing is subject to changes and the colleges to which you apply may have additional requirements not listed on their site. Please direct all questions regarding course prerequisites directly to the institutions you are planning to target.
Most PA and PT programs require or strongly recommend a full year of anatomy and physiology. At NYU, you may be able to fulfill your program requirements by enrolling in one or more of the courses listed below.* (Please note that these courses may not meet the prerequisites of your target program, so research prerequisites before electing to enroll in these courses.)
- Human Anatomy (OT-UE 1401/1402): offered by the Occupational Therapy Department at NYU Steinhardt, which consists of a lecture in the fall and a 1-credit lab in the spring.
- Intro to Human Physiology (NUTR-UE 1068 (without lab**)): offered by Steinhardt's Nutrition program
- Microbiology (NURSE-UN 75 without lab**): offered by the NYU Nursing program.
*Once you have matriculated into the NYU postbacc program, all core science courses must be completed at NYU. Please note, however, that we cannot guarantee the availability of courses outside of the core science curriculum, or that non-core sciences will satisfy specific professional school requirements.
** These NYU courses are not accompanied by a lab. Students applying to programs that require physiology or microbiology labs must complete the core science postbacc curriculum at NYU before enrolling in courses at another institution.