Matriculation Requirements

These requirements are provided as general information only.  
Specific requirements are provided to matriculants after acceptance into the program.


OHSU and the PA program require all entering students to be current with required immunizations prior to matriculation.  The university's policy regarding immunizations may be found on the Joseph B. Trainer Health and Wellness Center website at


All entering students are required to have current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification designed for Health Care Providers.   The BLS certification is required to enable you to participate in these clinical practice settings during both the academic and clinical phases of the program. Proof of current certification will be required on or before the first day of summer term.  If you have never been BLS certified, you can contact your local chapter of the American Heart Association to inquire about registering for potential classes.  You can do this through the AHA website  and entering your zip code to contact your local chapter.  


Per OHSU policy, a criminal background check is required for all entering students.  The background check is performed by CertifiedBackground via the CASPA portal. The background check includes criminal history and previous address information.


To promote the health, safety and productivity of students and clients in their care, OHSU policy (OHSU Student Drug and Alcohol Testing No. 7-90-025) states all students accepted to education programs with a clinical component must successfully pass an initial drug screening. The drug testing program will consist of  pre-clinical experience testing of students and "for cause" testing for any student suspected of being under the influence of unlawful drugs or alcohol during their course of study. All PA students accepted to the MPAS program must successfully pass an initial drug screening at matriculation.  Additional drug testing may be required dependent upon the program policies for individual clinical placements and 'for cause' testing during the 26-month course of study.


As part of the HIPAA privacy standards, OHSU is required to educate all members of its workforce on how HIPAA will affect their role here. Our workforce includes all employees, students, faculty, staff, and volunteers. HIPAA training must be completed before computer access or physical access to areas containing protected health information (PHI) is granted or within 30 days of beginning duties at OHSU, whichever is sooner. Those who fail to meet this requirement are subject to corrective action, up to and including termination of their relationship with OHSU.


In addition, everyone at OHSU, including employees, students, faculty, and volunteers, is required to complete the Respect at the University education. OHSU is legally obligated to train its workforce and student population regarding the prohibition against unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace and educational environment. Consistent with this obligation, OHSU maintains policies that prohibit unlawful discrimination and provide for a complaint procedure to address concerns. This course is one of several mechanisms used to disseminate OHSU's expectations to prevent unlawful discrimination and harassment and to reinforce OHSU's Code of Conduct, which requires everyone at the university to engage in respectful behavior.