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Academic Credentials

International students must provide an evaluation of their academic credentials prepared by an international credentialing agency. The GRE and OHSU PA supplemental application are also required.  Please refer to the CASPA Web site for additional information and accepted credentialing agencies  https://portal.caspaonline.org/ .  Go to the Foreign Transcripts section under FAQs.

 

TOEFL/TSE

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of applicants for whom English is not their native language. The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants with Masters or Doctoral degrees from an accredited US Institution. The scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Physician Assistant Program Admissions Office.  The ETS TOEFL score report will then be matched with your CASPA application. Use institution code 4865 for the reporting the TOEFL to the PA Program. The Program does not use a department or major field code.  TOEFL scores are valid two years from the date of testing.

 

English Course Prerequisites

In addition, 9 hours of English is required if your initial education was not taken at an English-speaking university. 

  

Natural Science Prerequisites

In addition to the above requirements, all non-Canadian international graduates must provide transcripts reflecting a minimum of 20 hours of biology and/or chemistry credits taken at an accredited U.S. college or university. These hours must include a full sequence of Anatomy & Physiology with lab and a microbiology with lab. See table below for specifics.

Prerequisite
Requirement
Additional Information

Degree equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s degree

Degree must be completed by end of spring prior to matriculation

Must have non-U.S. or Canadian transcripts evaluated by an international credentialing agency

Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics(BCP) credits

Minimum of 30 semester credit hours or 40 quarter credit hours; can include the Biology and Chemistry prereqs below

Includes courses in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Must take at least 20 semester hours at a U.S. or Canadian college/university

Biology; Lab(s) highly recommended

Minimum 8 semester credits/10 quarter credits  This requirement can be fulfilled through a combination of the following courses: general bio, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics.  The courses can be non-sequential, as long as the minimum of 2 semesters or 3 quarters is met. Labs are highly recommended.  Will accept AP or IB credit towards this requirement.

Chemistry; Lab(s) highly recommended

Minimum 8 semester credits/10 quarter credits

 The chemistry requirement can be fulfilled through a combination of the following courses: general chem, inorganic chem, organic chem, biochem., etc. The courses can be non-sequential as long as the minimum of 2 semesters or 3 quarters is met.   Labs are highly recommended.  Will accept AP or IB credit towards this requirement.

Microbiology with Lab

One course with lab; minimum of 3 credit hours

This requirement must be taken at a U.S. or Canadian college/university

Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab(s); taken within 7 years of planned matriculation

2 semester courses or 3 quarter courses of a combined A&P with lab; will also accept 1 semester Anatomy with Lab and 1 semester Physiology with Lab

Must be completed within 7 years of planned PA Program matriculation.

This requirement must be taken at a U.S. or Canadian college/university

General or Developmental Psychology

One course; minimum of 3 credit hours

 

Biostatistics or Statistics

One course

Will accept courses offered through math, stats, bio, psych, or soc departments; business statistics not accepted.

English – reading and writing courses

6 semester credit hours or 9 quarter credit hours.

This requirement may be waived if coursework or education was taken at an English-speaking institution