Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the OU PA Program be located?
Great question! The OU PA Program will be located in Dublin, Ohio, on the Dublin Integrated Education Center. Our new academic building broke ground on March 19, 2014. We will have 28,000 square feet dedicated exclusively to the education of PA students. The facility will be state of the art. Our Facebook page includes artistic renditions of the academic facility. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Physician-Assistant-Program-at-Ohio-University/213700862166770
What is your admissions timeline?
The OU PA Program’s online application will be available July 1, 2014. We will give primary consideration to applicants who complete the application and required documents before October 1. All required information is outlined within our “Admissions” information.
What types of experience will qualify as Direct Patient Care Experience?
Clinical experiences will be evaluated on an individual basis and must be documented on the Direct Patient Care Experience Form, which is located within our “Admissions” information. The completed form should be submitted to the Ohio University Graduate College in a packet with other required forms. Some examples of acceptable experiences are listed below.
Military Medic, Corpsman or Technician
Nurse (LPN or RN)
Paramedic / EMT
Student Clinical Experiences
Can I apply to the PA program before I graduate with my undergraduate degree?
Yes, you can apply to the OU PA Program in the year prior to graduation; however, you can have only four credit hours of prerequisite course work outstanding at the time of application. Candidates who are graduating in the academic year prior to matriculation into the OU PA Program (i.e., May) will need to complete the “Verification of Intent to Graduate Form.” The completed form should be submitted to the Ohio University Graduate College in a packet with other required forms. The form and address are located within our “Admissions” information.
How many students will be accepted to the OU PA Program?
We plan to enroll 45 students per cohort.
Will there be any special selection preferences?
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: Candidates 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 a current retiree ID card. For applicants in current active military status, you must provide a letter from your commander or supervisor attesting and a copy of an active ID card.
What is the best undergraduate degree to get?
Chose a course of study and degree about which you are passionate and will excel. All candidates must meet prerequisite requirements. Although we do not have a preferential degree, we anticipate that the ideal student will evidence of high achievement in rigorous science courses and have significant clinical experiences.
Do you accept transfer credit for courses within the OU PA curriculum?
No. Once admitted, OU PA students must successfully complete all of the courses within the curriculum in the established sequence in order to meet degree requirements.
Can I work while I am in the PA program?
The OU PA Program is extremely rigorous and all students are encouraged to focus on academic studies; thus, employment is strongly discouraged and will not be accommodated in the scheduling of classes and clinicals. All candidates should consider acceptance to the OU PA Program as a 27 month, full-time commitment.