Admissions Details & Timeline


Ohio University’s Physician Assistant Program is committed to attracting a diverse student body with a commitment to professional and community service. The program is seeking students who possess a well-rounded background that includes a strong academic history, quality healthcare experience, strong communication skills, personal maturity and dedication to leadership and community service.

Ohio University’s Physician Assistant Program accepts applications from U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents educated at regionally accredited colleges and universities in the U.S.

The standard admissions requirements for all candidates are:

  • A complete and verified CASPA application.
  • A Bachelor's degree conferred from a regionally accredited U. S. institution. The Bachelor's degree must be conferred by matriculation.
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or higher.
  • A minimum CASPA calculated CUM GPA of 3.0 and a minimum Math/Science GPA of 3.0.
  • Official GRE scores taken within five years of matriculation.
  • Acquired patient care hours within five years of matriculation.
  • Two letters of reference – one must be from a practicing, non-related DO, MD or PA.
  • A personal statement included with the CASPA application.
  • Applicants must be interviewed by OHIO’s PA Program’s Admissions Committee.
  • Applicants must meet technical standards, be vaccine compliant and have clear drug screens and background checks.

Special consideration is given to candidates who are:

  • Active or retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Permanent residents of Appalachia
  • Active in their communities and have held positions of leadership within 5 years of matriculation.

PA Program Admission Process

Admission to OHIO’s PA program is highly competitive and meeting minimum program admission requirements guarantees neither an interview nor acceptance to the program. Ohio’s PA program is approved by the ARC-PA to admit up to 45 students per year.

The following information is provided in order to assist potential applicants in assessing their competitiveness as a candidate. The admission demographics provided below are based on applicants who were offered admission during the 2022 CASPA application cycle. The Cohort of 2025 matriculated on January 17, 2023, and will graduate in May 2025:

Cohort Size:


Average Age:


Average Cumulative GPA:


Average Math/Science GPA:


Average GRE Scores


  • Quantitative Reasoning


  • Verbal Reasoning


  • Analytical Writing


Average Healthcare Experience Hours: 


Average Community Service & Leadership Hours:   


Interviews are required for admission and are offered to the most qualified and competitive applicants. The interview process is conducted in an MMI format with OHIO’s PA program’s Admissions Committee which is comprised of principal faculty and staff. The admission factors listed above are applied to the selection process to determine admissions decisions such as: conditional acceptance, waitlist, and decline. Decisions of the Admissions Committee are final. Once a decision is rendered and the CASPA application is closed, it cannot be re-opened.

Admissions Timeline

Time Event
April 30 CASPA Application cycle opens
April 30 - July 31 CASPA Applications accepted, reviewed
July 31 CASPA closes, Verified application deadline
August 1 - 10 Application status updates & interview invites sent
August - October Interviews
January New Cohort Orientation, Matriculation (classes begin)