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Oklahoma State University

Physician Assistant Program - Prospective Students


The OSU-CHS PA Program is a 28-month program with 13 months of didactic training and 15 months of clinical training. If accreditation is awarded, the first class of 26 students will begin courses in July 2021.

Admission Requirements

To apply for OSU PA Program

  1. Complete application via CASPA beginning in late April
  2. Complete prerequisite coursework with a B or better at a regionally accredited university.
    1. No more than 1 science and 1 non-science course may be in progress at the time of application submission.
    2. All prerequisite courses must be completed by December 31st of the year of application.
  3. Obtain a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university by the time matriculation occurs.
  4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Complete prerequisite coursework with a B or better:
    1. Chemistry: 2 semesters with at least 1 lab
    2. Anatomy (cadaver lab preferred, but not required)
    3. Physiology
      1. Combined courses of Anatomy & Physiology are accepted. Applicants are required to have 2 semesters of A&P.
    4. Biology: 2 semesters of upper division electives
    5. Microbiology
    6. Psychology: 2 semesters
    7. College algebra or higher
    8. Not required but recommended:
      1. Medical terminology
      2. Biochemistry
  6. Submit a Personal Statement
  7. 3 Letters of recommendation
    1. Recommend at least one letter from a healthcare professional
  8. Complete the GRE exam within the past 3 years. Scores must be forwarded to CASPA.
  9. Complete CASPer exam. Scores must be forwarded to CASPA.
  10. OSU PA Program does not consider applicants seeking advanced placement based on the sequential nature of the existing curriculum.

The Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews all applicants’ information. Preference will be given to:

  1. Previous healthcare experience.
    1. While healthcare experience is not required, it is highly recommended.
    2. Direct patient care is encouraged before applying to the program.
    3. Shadowing a PA in practice also provides benefit.
  2. Community service experience.
    1. Applicants who are active participants in their communities, especially in rural and underserved populations.
  3. Residing in rural/underserved Oklahoma
  4. Oklahoma Residents
  5. Residing in underserved/rural communities outside of Oklahoma

 

For more information email physician.assistant@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Oklahoma State University anticipates matriculating its first class in July 2021, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the March 2021 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when the program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepared for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.