Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the OU PA Program be located?
The OU DPAP Program is located at the Dublin Integrated Education Center in Dublin, Ohio. Our building was constructed in 2015 and has 28,000 square feet dedicated exclusively to the education of PA students. You can find pictures of the building and facilities on our Facebook page
When does the program begin?
The program begins in May (summer semester) of every year.
Is there a supplemental application?
Yes. The OU DPAP admissions committee will review all applications after the CASPA application deadline (August 1 of each year). Our supplemental application is by invitation only. Please see our Application Process page for more information.
How long is the PA program?
The program is a 27 month (7 semester) full-time program. The first 4 semesters are considered the didactic phase of the program and will have courses from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. The final 3 semesters are considered the clinical phase of the program. Days and times will vary by clinical rotation and the requirements of the clinical site.
How many students will be accepted to the OU DPAP?
Our program can accept a maximum of 45 students.
Will there be any special selection preferences?
No. All students will be held to the same admission standards. However, in keeping with the mission of Ohio University, the OU DPAP is actively seeking candidates who are residents of Appalachia regions of Ohio and the US Military.
Where will clinicals be located?
Currently the majority of clinical sites are throughout Ohio; however, some sites are in neighboring states. Clinical rotations will require travel, so reliable transportation is required.
Is there housing at the Dublin Integrated Education Center?
No. There is no university housing at the Dublin Integrated Education Center. Students are responsible for securing their own housing within the area.
Does your program offer scholarships?
No. Our program does not currently have any additional scholarship opportunities.
Can I apply to the PA program before I graduate with my undergraduate degree?
Yes. Potential candidates can apply to the OU DPAP in the year prior to graduation. Candidates must have a conferred degree in May of the matriculation year. Candidates must complete and submit a “Verification of Intent to Graduate Form” to CASPA in the documents section of your application portal. The form and link can be found within your CASPA portal.
What is the best undergraduate degree to get?
Our program does not feel any particular degree best prepares a student for our program. Students can complete any major so long that the prerequisite courses are completed. Students accepted to our 2015 class had a wide variety of majors from Biomedical Sciences to Music. The following degrees were the most subscribed majors in our 2015 class: Biology, Health Sciences, Exercise Physiology, and Psychology.
Do you accept transfer credit for courses within the OU DPAP curriculum?
No. 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 PA curriculum is extremely rigorous and considered a 27 month, full time commitment. The OU DPAP strongly discourages students to continue employment during the program. Students who chose to work during the program put themselves at risk for poor academic performance.
What types of experience will qualify as Direct Patient Care Experience?
Clinical experiences will be evaluated on the quality of the experience. We do not require a minimum number of hours. Some examples of acceptable experiences are listed below.
- Athletic Trainer
- Medical Assistant
- Military Medic, Corpsman or Technician
- Nurse (LPN or RN)
- Nursing Assistant
- Occupational Therapist
- Paramedic / EMT
- Physical Therapist
- Radiology Technician
- Respiratory Therapist
- Student Clinical Experiences
- Surgical Technician