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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.

Important Dates:

  • CASPA Application Opens: April 30th, 2020
  • CASPA Application Closes: October 1st, 2020
  • Matriculation of Students: July 1st, 2021


In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic we are aware that some institutions are offering pass/fail grades for courses completed in the Spring 2020 semester. At this time we will accept a “pass” grade for a pre-requisite requirement. Please note that a grade of B or above on a transcript will however make an applicant more competitive. We will continue to evaluate this situation as it evolves and post updates here.


Admission Requirements


To apply for OSU PA Program:

1. Complete CASPA application - 

  • Application includes submission of 3 letters of recommendation
    • Recommend at least one letter from a healthcare professional  

2. Complete GRE Exam (Use CASPA OSU Code: 4754) 

  • GRE must have been completed in the past 3 years 

3. Complete CASPer Exam (have scores forwarded to OSU Program) 

  • The CASPer exam allows us to evaluate an applicant on their personal characteristics and professionalism skills. This is used in conjunction with academic achievements to help us to create a holistic review of each applicant
  • CASPer exam scores are only valid for one application cycle

4. Obtain a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university by the time matriculation occurs 

5. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 

6. Complete prerequisite coursework with a B (3.0) or better at a regionally accredited university. 

  • No more than 1 science and 1 non-science course may be in progress at the application deadline. 
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed by December 31 of the year of application. 


Admission Recommendations: 

1. Previous healthcare experience.

  • While healthcare experience is not required, it is highly recommended. 
  • Direct patient care is encouraged before applying to the program. 
  • Shadowing a PA in practice also provides benefit. 

2. Community service experience. 

  •  Applicants who are active participants in their communities, especially in rural and underserved populations. 


Admission Preference:

While each application will be given individual attention and consideration, preference will be given to Oklahoma residents. Furthermore, student’s who lived or live in a rural or medically underserved area (any state) and would elect to return to that area to provide healthcare after graduation will be given special consideration 



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.