Ohio University

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent.

A minimum cumulative 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 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.

  • All prerequisite coursework 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 of the matriculation year.
  • 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 coursework.
  • If students have questions about pre-admission coursework, please contact Ricky Nussle at nussle@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

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 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.

***For the application cycle starting in April of 2019 the following requirement changes will take place: 1. Human Anatomy with Lab and Human Physiology must be taken within 5 years of matriculation. 2. Students will be required to have direct patient care experience acquired within five years of matriculation. 3. General Psychology and Abnormal/Developmental/Physiological Psychology will be required to be at least a 3 semester hour course.


Candidates must submit official GRE scores. GRE scores are valid for five years as of the test date, at the time of application. Students will submit official GRE scores directly to CASPA from ETS. OHIO 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 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 direct patient care experience acquired within ten 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.

Some examples of acceptable experiences are listed here, but this is not an exhaustive list: athletic trainer, medical assistant, military medic or corpsman, nurse, STNA, EMT, patient care assistant and scribe.

For Ohio University students, PA 2110 Introduction to the PA Profession can be substituted for the healthcare experience requirement, however additional healthcare experience is recommended.

Professional Recommendations:

Candidates must submit two-three recommendations as required by CASPA. At least one reference must be from a practicing PA or physician.

Other Considerations:

In keeping with the mission of Ohio University, the PA program is actively seeking candidates who are 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.

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

2016 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 2016 (Class of 2018). Ohio University's Physician Assistant program admits up to a class size of 45 students.

  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3.45
  • Average Math/Science GPA: 3.40
  • GRE Test Score Ranges:
    • Verbal: 141 - 170
    • Quantitative: 144 - 161
    • Analytical Writing: 3.0 - 6.0
  • Class Size: 30

For the 2016 admission class, 57 percent earned bachelor's degrees in biological sciences, biology, chemistry and health sciences. The remaining 43 percent represented a variety of bachelor's degrees ranging from biochemistry to linguistics.