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History, Mission, Vision

About the Physician Assistant Practice Program

  • Housed in a large, dedicated academic space (28,000 square feet) in the Ohio University Integrated Education Center in Dublin, Ohio.
  • Proud to have a diverse and interdisciplinary faculty representing PAs, physicians (DO and MD), an anatomist, a registered dietitian and a pharmacist. Collectively the faculty have experiences in emergency medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, public health, endocrinology, geriatrics, surgery, orthopedics and research.
  • Interprofessional opportunities with the OHIO Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and other professions within the College of Health Sciences and Professions.
  • Actively recruiting students from regions that are considered medically underserved and students with military experience.
  • Aims to be a nationally recognized leader in PA education, preparing leaders in the healthcare industry and clinical practice.


The mission of the Ohio University Master of Physician Assistant Practice program is to prepare students to be leaders in PA practice in any clinical setting, with a particular emphasis on primary care in urban and rural underserved communities in the State of Ohio and throughout Appalachia, using an interprofessional team approach.

Program goals

  1. Matriculate a diverse student body with a commitment to professional and community service.
  2. Educate PAs who effectively practice evidence-based, patient-centered healthcare in medically underserved communities.
  3. Develop compassionate, culturally aware PAs who demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors both personally and professionally.
  4. Prepare PAs who function as productive members of the healthcare team.
  5. Mentor PA students who will take leadership roles within their organizations and profession.
  6. Encourage students to seek careers in primary care specialties.
  7. Instill an understanding of the PA’s responsibility in lifelong personal and professional development.

Why choose the Ohio University Physician Assistant Program?

The Ohio University Physician Assistant (OHIO PA) program is intended for individuals with a commitment to provide healthcare services in underserved urban and rural communities, with a particular emphasis on the underserved populations in Appalachia. The program includes 72 semester hours of didactic coursework and 30 hours of clinical rotations for a total of 102 semester hours.

The OHIO PA program educationally prepares students in six areas:

  • Didactic coursework
  • Clinical skills
  • Professionalism
  • Interprofessional education and work environments
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Clinical rotations throughout Ohio in urban/rural community-based practice settings, University-affiliated academic medical centers and opportunities for international rotations