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Welcome to OHIO’s Division of Physician Assistant Practice

Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions is developing a Physician Assistant program that will offer a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Practice (MPAP). The program, which will be located at the university’s Dublin Integrated Education Center in Dublin, Ohio, is a seven-semester, 27 month program. The program and curriculum are designed with the mission to prepare students for any clinical setting with an emphasis on primary care in urban and rural medically underserved communities in Ohio and throughout Appalachia.

The Ohio University Physician Assistant program has been approved by the Ohio University Board of Trustees and anticipates approval from the Ohio Board of Regents in May 2014. The program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Ohio University Physician Assistant Program plans to matriculate its first class in May 2015, pending receipt of Accreditation – Provisional by the ARC-PA.

OHIO Physician Assistant Practice is:

  • The only PA program in the state of Ohio affiliated with a College of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • Housed in the largest dedicated academic space (28,000 square feet) in the State of Ohio for Physician Assistant education.

  • Proud to have a diverse and interdisciplinary faculty representing four physician assistants, three physicians (DO and MD), two athletic trainers, an anatomist, a registered dietician, a laboratory scientist and a pharmacist. Collectively the faculty have experiences in emergency medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, surgery, orthopedics and military medicine.

  • One of the only programs in the nation equipped with a dedicated wet laboratory used exclusively by OU PA.

  • Actively recruiting students from regions that are considered medically underserved.

  • Actively recruiting students with military experience.

  • Aiming to be a nationally recognized leader in physician assistant education, preparing leaders in the healthcare industry and clinical practice.

Why choose the Ohio University Physician Assistant Program?

The Ohio University Physician Assistant (OU 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 74 semester hours of didactic coursework and 36 hours of clinical rotations for a total of 110 semester hours.

OHIO Physician Assistant Practice educationally prepares students in six areas:

  • Didactic coursework,

  • Clinical skills,

  • Professionalism,

  • Interprofessional education and work environments,

  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity, and

  • Clinical rotations in urban/ rural community-based practice settings as well as rotations in university affiliated academic medical centers.

Some quick facts about the program:

Campus location: Dublin, OH

Program length: 27 months

Program Starts: May 2015

Anticipate class size: 45

ARC-PA Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Ohio University Physician Assistant Program.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Academic Credit

The Ohio University Physician Assistant Program is a 110 semester hour program, 27 months (seven semesters) that leads to the Master of Physician Assistant Practice Degree awarded by the Ohio University, College of Health Sciences and Professions.

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Division of Physician Assistant Practice

P.O. Box 3158

Dublin, OH 43016

Telephone: 614-793-3071


All questions from prospective students regarding the application process and/or program requirements, may email directly at:



July 2014

Program begins accepting applications

May 2015

First cohort scheduled to begin