Ohio University

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent. Candidates may apply if a bachelor's degree will be conferred by matriculation. 

A minimum cumulative CASPA calculated GPA of 3.0

Ohio University will use CASPA's cumulative GPA calculations based on each institution attended. The cumulative GPA must be a 3.0 in order to meet minimum application standards.

A minimum prerequisite math and science calculated 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 OHIO PA admissions committee may take the most recent grade into consideration.

Prerequisite Guidelines

  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of 'C.' 
  • Alternative grading options given during the COVID-19 pandemic may be subject to further review. If given the option, applicants should elect to keep the standard letter grade for the course in progress. If an alternative (pass/satisfactory) grade is elected, a formal letter from the graduating institution verifying that a C or higher was earned in the course, may be required during the admissions process. OHIO's PA program reserves the right to decline coursework with alternative grades. 
  • At the time of application, a candidate can only have two outstanding prerequisite courses. Courses that are "In Progress" are considered outstanding.
  • All outstanding prerequisite coursework must be completed by matriculation.
  • Prerequisite science courses must be at the pre-medical or pre-health professional level from a Regionally Accredited institution.
  • Courses identified below with an (*) must be completed within 10 years of application.
  • Courses identified below with an (**) must be completed within 5 years of application.
  • 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 10 years of application, may be applied toward direct equivalent prerequisite courses.
  • There are no life credit or placement options for prerequisite coursework.
  • Applicants can print guidelines and can check course equivalents here
  • If applicants have questions about pre-admission coursework, please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator, Denielle Vazquez, vazquezd@ohio.edu

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 3220 + BIOS 3225

*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


PSYCH 1010

Abnormal, Developmental or

Physiological Psychology


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 eight semester hours with lab.

2 Medical terminology can be substituted by successfully completing an online module/course demonstrating competency. An acceptable online course is http://www.dmu.edu/medterms/. If completed, candidates must include a certificate of completion with the CASPA application.


Candidates must submit official GRE scores with the CASPA application. GRE scores are valid for five years as of the test date.  Most recent GRE scores will be reviewed.

Students should submit official GRE scores directly to CASPA from ETS.

OHIO's CASPA specific GRE code is: 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 their 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) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS academic). To be considered official, test scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to CASPA and the Ohio University Graduate College upon invitation. Read more about test scores


Minimum Scores

TOEFL - Paper




IELTS - Academic

7.5 across all bands

Previous Healthcare Experience

Students are required to have hands-on patient care experience acquired within five years of matriculation. Experiences can be full-time, part-time or volunteer. Clinical experiences will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of the experience. We do not require a minimum number of hours.

For Ohio University students, PA 2100 Introduction to the PA Profession can be substituted for the healthcare experience requirement, however additional hands on patient care experience is highly recommended.

Professional Recommendations:

Candidates must submit at least two letters of recommendation as required by CASPA. At least one reference must be from a practicing PA or Physician (MD or DO).

Other Considerations:

In keeping with the mission of Ohio University, the PA program is actively seeking candidates who are permanent residents of Appalachia and U.S. Military. 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. Appalachian status can be indicated on the CASPA application and will be verified by the program.

The Program defines US Military as active duty, reserves or veteran status from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard. 

If you have additional questions, please visit our FAQ page.

2018-2019 Admitted Applicant Demographics

Admission to Ohio University's Physician Assistant program is highly competitive. The following information is provided so that potential applicants can assess their competitiveness as a candidate.

The information provided below is based on the candidates who were offered admission during the 2018-2019 CASPA application cycle. This cohort represents the Class of 2021:

  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3.6
  • Average Math/Science GPA: 3.52
  • Average GRE Test Scores:
    • Verbal: 153
    • Quantitative: 151
    • Analytical Writing: 4.0
  • Class Size: 31

Ohio University's Physician Assistant program may admit up to 45 students per cohort