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Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with (1) a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and (2) a minimum prerequisite math and science GPA of 3.0.

Prerequisite Courses: All prerequisite course work must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”   At the time of application, the candidate can only have four credit hours of outstanding prerequisites. Outstanding prerequisite course work is defined as a course for which a grade is not posted.

Prerequisite science courses must be at the pre-medical or pre-health professional level.   Students should check course equivalents with their academic advisor at their home institution or by checking with Transferology, a nationwide database to assist students with course transferability: 

If students have questions about preadmission coursework, please contact Jennifer Miller, Admissions Coordinator at


  • Courses identified with an (*) must be completed within ten years of matriculation.

  • Courses identified with a (#) are used to determine the prerequisite math and science GPA.

  • College course credit awarded through advanced placement or exams may be applied toward direct equivalent prerequisite courses.

Required Course

Semester Hours

Ohio University Equivalent

*#Human Anatomy with lab1


BIOS 3010 + 3015

*#Human Physiology with lab1


BIOS 3450 + 3455

*#Biology with lab


BIOS 1700 + 1705

BIOS 1710 + 1715



BIOS 2010

*#General Chemistry with Lab


CHEM 1510 + 1520

*#Organic Chemistry with Lab


CHEM 3010 + 3080



CHEM 4890



MATH 2500 or PSYCH 2110

#College Algebra (or higher)


MATH 1200 or higher

General Psychology

1 course

PSYCH 1010

Abnormal, Developmental or

Physiological Psychology

1 course

PSYCH 2210, 2410, or 2710,

Medical Terminology


HLTH 2300

1 Anatomy and Physiology can be taken as combined courses (Anatomy & Physiology I and II) for 8 semester hours with lab.

2 Medical terminology can be substituted by successfully completing an online module/course demonstrating competency. An acceptable online course is:

GRE: Candidate must submit GRE scores. GRE scores are valid for five years as of test date. Please use GRE Code #1593 in order to have test results sent to Ohio University.

Transcripts: Candidates must submit a copy of a transcript from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are not required until an official offer of admission is made. If unable to upload as part of the application, please send transcripts and other required documents in one packet to:

Graduate College
220 Research & Technology Center
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

International Academic Documents: International candidates must provide a complete English translation of transcript(s). International candidates should also provide copies of a final diploma or degree certificate in native language with English translation.

  • Students from Chinese Universities must submit copies of both the degree certificate and certificate of graduation.

  • Candidates from India must submit copies of individual marksheets received at the end of each semester or annual examination.

English Proficiency: All non-native English speaking candidates must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting official test scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS - academic). To be considered official, test score must be reported directly from the testing agency to the Ohio University Graduate College. More information can be located at:


Minimum Scores

TOEFL – Paper




IELTS – Academic

7.5 across all bands

Previous Healthcare Experience: A minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care experience acquired within ten years of matriculation is required. Candidates should document experiences on the Direct Patient Care Experience Form. Experiences can be full-time, part-time or volunteer.

PA Shadowing: A candidate must submit proof, using the PA Shadow Form, verifying completion of 40 Physician Assistant shadow hours. Shadow hours must be completed within five years of matriculation into the OU PA Program.

Professional Recommendations: Candidates must submit two recommendations using the OU PA Recommendation Rubric. At least one reference should be from a practicing physician or physician assistant.

Competitive Candidate / Admissions Preference

The competitive candidate will have the following academic achievements and professional experiences:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university,

  • No less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA, based upon course work from all previous institutions attended,

  • No less than a 3.00 prerequisite Math and Science GPA,

  • A competitive GRE score,

  • Excellent interpersonal skills,

  • Exceptional critical thinking,

  • Self-directed learning ability,

  • Previous healthcare experience involving direct patient contact and experience working collaboratively with various healthcare professionals, and

  • Prior clinical experiences with urban and/or rural medically-underserved populations.

In keeping with the mission of Ohio University, the OU PA Program is actively seeking candidates who are residents of Appalachia regions of Ohio. The OU PA Program is also recruiting US Military Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and / or Veterans. Special consideration will be given to those candidates who meet all admissions requirements and who have the ability to address the needs of the medically underserved in the following statuses.

  • Appalachian Students: To be considered a resident of Appalachia, a candidate must reside in an Ohio county identified as Appalachia by the Appalachian Regional Commission (i.e., Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington).

  • US Military Veterans: To be considered a US Military Veteran, a candidate must be a current honorably discharged Veteran or on Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve. Proof of service will include a notarized copy of your DD-Form 214, retirement orders or current retiree ID card. Candidates in current active military status must provide a letter from their commander or supervisor attesting for the current active status of the military member and an active ID card.