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Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0: Ohio University will compute a merged cumulative GPA based on each institution attended. The merged GPA must be a 3.0 in order to meet minimum application standards.   

A minimum prerequisite math and science GPA of 3.0: The math and science GPA is based upon the program prerequisite courses. If an applicant retakes prerequisite courses or takes a higher level course, the OUPA admissions committee may take the most recent grade into consideration.

  • All prerequisite course work must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.” At the time of application, a candidate can only have two outstanding prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses must be completed by January 1, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Courses identified below with an (*) must be completed within ten years of matriculation.
  • Courses identified below with a (#) are used to determine the prerequisite math and science GPA.
  • College course credit awarded through advanced placement or exams, within ten years of matriculation, may be applied toward direct equivalent prerequisite courses.
  • There are no life credit or placement options for prerequisite course work.
  • If students have questions about preadmission coursework, please contact Jennifer Miller, Admissions Coordinator at

Required Course

Semester Hours

Ohio University Equivalent

*#Human Anatomy with lab1


BIOS 3010 + 3015

*#Human Physiology with or without lab1


BIOS 3450 + 3455 

*#Biology with lab


BIOS 1700 + 1705

BIOS 1710 + 1715

*#Microbiology with lab


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: completed, a certificate of completion must be included with the CASPA application   

GRE: Candidate must submit official GRE scores. GRE scores are valid for five years as of test date. Students will submit official GRE scores directly to CASPA from ETS. OU has a CASPA specific GRE code: 0957.

International Academic Documents: International candidates must provide a complete English translation of transcript(s) from one of the four agencies listed on CASPA’s website. International candidates should also provide copies of a final diploma or degree certificate in native language with English translation.

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). To be considered official, test score must be reported directly from the testing agency to CASPA, and Ohio University Graduate College upon invitation.  More information can be located at:


Minimum Scores

TOEFL – Paper




IELTS – Academic

7.5 across all bands

Previous Healthcare Experience (or PA 2110 for OU students): Students are required to have direct patient care experience acquired within ten years of matriculation.  Experiences can be full-time, part-time or volunteer.

Professional Recommendations: Candidates must submit 2-3 recommendations as required by CASPA. At least one reference should be from a practicing physician or physician assistant.

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.

2015 Admitted Applicant Demographics

Admission to Ohio University’s Physician Assistant Program is competitive. The following information is provided so that potential applicants can assess their competitiveness as a candidate. The information provided is based upon those candidates who were offered admission in 2015. Ohio University’s Physician Assistant program admits a class size of 45 students.

  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3.45
  • Average Math/Science GPA: 3.42
  • GRE test score ranges:
    • Verbal: 144 - 166
    • Quantitative: 144 - 164
    • Analytical Writing: 3.0 - 5.0                 

For the 2015 admission class, 58% earned bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences, Exercise Physiology, Health Sciences, and Psychology. The remaining 42% represented a variety of bachelor’s degrees ranging from Biomedical Science to Music. The majority of the class (80%) earned their bachelor’s degree between 2011-2014, with only 9% graduating within a month of matriculation into the program.