About Us

The Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB), where the Division of PA Education is located.
The Comparative Life Sciences Building, where the Division of PA Education is located.

Program Background

The OHSU PA Program was established in 1995 with the mission of preparing physician assistants to provide primary care services to medically underserved communities. The Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Program graduated its first class in September, 1997.

In the spring of 2001, the PA Program became a free-standing Division within the School of Medicine.

The OHSU PA Program is a 26-month, full-time course of study leading to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. A class of 42 to 44 students is accepted each year with classes starting in June. The didactic phase of the Program is 12 months; the clinical phase lasts 14 months.


Oregon Health & Science University

The university campus is located in beautiful Portland, Oregon. As Oregon's only academic health center, OHSU is devoted to health sciences education, patient care, research and outreach services. OHSU's educational programs are included in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing. The campus is a 116-acre site including OHSU Hospital and Doernbecher Children's Hospital; dozens of primary care and specialty clinics; three research institutes; and several outreach and public service units. Also located on the campus are the Shriners Hospital for Children and the Portland Veteran's Administration Hospital.

The OHSU PA Program ranks 6th among graduate level physician assistant programs in the nation in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings.


U.S. News & World Report Best Ranking