Bakersfield College

Primary Care Associate/Physician's Assistant

Prerequisites and Course Requirements

Stanford University Medical Center administers a program to train individuals who function in association with physicians in the maintenance and delivery of primary health care to medically underserved communities.

Upon completion of the prerequisite pre-clinical program at Bakersfield College or other accredited institutions, students admitted to the program have a 21-month curriculum (seven quarters) which integrates classroom learning and clinical practice, coordinated through Stanford University Medical Center. Over the course of 7 quarters students participate in approximately 34 weeks of didactic and skills training, and 46 weeks of preceptorship experience. A large portion of the didactic training takes place in quarters 1-3, with most of the clinical preceptorship experience occurring during quarters 4-7. All lectures and skills training take place at Stanford/Foothill campus. For their clinical preceptorship experience students are placed with a physician in their home community. Students return to Stanford each quarter for integrated instruction and testing. For complete program information visit

For application and program information contact Carlos Flores PA-C, Kern County Regional Coordinator via email for Bakersfield College pre-requisite course information contact BC Advisor Dinorah Castro via email

Program Academic Prerequisites 

A minimum grade of ‘C’ must be attained in each of these courses. Only work from a regionally accredited college can be accepted.

  • Intermediate Algebra – MATH B70 at Bakersfield College
  • Introductory or General Chemistry – CHEM B11, B1A, or B18 at Bakersfield College
  • Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology – ANTH B2 or SOC B1 at Bakersfield College
  • English/Expository Composition – ENGL B1A at Bakersfield College
  • General Psychology – PSYC B1A at Bakersfield College
  • General Microbiology (with lab) – BIOL B16 at Bakersfield College
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) – BIOL B32 at Bakersfield College
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab) – BIOL B33 at Bakersfield College

Clinical Prerequisites

Minimum requirements for application and admission include:

  • United States citizen or permanent visa.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 3,000 hours of direct patient care experience (this requirement can be met with 18 months of full-time work experience or equivalent part-time hours).
  • Satisfactory completion of the following academic prerequisites or their equivalents.

General Education courses are required for the Primary Care Associate program. It is recommended that an associate degree at Bakersfield College (AS in Biology - Human Biology Emphasis) be completed prior to applying to the program.

Clinical Preceptorship Experience

The PCA Program takes responsibility for approving and placing students in clinical settings. The goal is for students to train at primary care sites in their community. The student may be required to relocate or travel if an appropriate preceptor site cannot be located in their immediate area. These primary care practices include a mix of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and women’s health sufficient to provide a broad base of experience in health care of all genders, ages, and across the life span. Continuity of care is emphasized. In keeping with our mission students are required to have a portion of their primary care training occur at an officially-determined underserved site.

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