Admissions

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The OHSU PA Program is a 26-month, full-time course of study leading to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree. A class of 42 students is accepted each year with classes starting in June. The didactic phase of the program is 12 months; the clinical phase encompasses the final 14 months. Located at a nationally ranked academic medical center, our program offers students state-of-the-art, interprofessional learning facilities and highly competent faculty committed to learner success. Our Mission is to serve as a model of excellence in physician assistant education by preparing graduates to provide patient-centered, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate health care to diverse populations, and to promote lifelong learning, leadership, and service. We value diversity in backgrounds, experiences and perspectives and strive to meet the healthcare needs of both urban and rural underserved communities in Oregon and nationwide.

How to Apply

The application for the OHSU PA program is open.  To be considered during the 2022-2023 application cycle (matriculation in summer 2023), your verified CASPA application must be received by August 1, 2022, 8:59 pm PST/11:59 pm EST.  There are no exceptions to the posted deadline. For additional information regarding the OHSU PA Program admissions time line, prerequisites, deadlines, etc., please refer to the information below and throughout our website, including the FAQ section.

Learn more about how to apply, CASPA, sending transcripts, and the admissions timeline.   

COVID-19 & PA applications

Will there be any changes due to COVID-19? Learn more.

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Prerequisites

Learn more about what is required to apply to the program, including academic coursework and health care experience.

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Tuition & financial aid

See the estimated expenses for current tuition rates and fees. Learn about scholarship and loan repayment programs.

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Information sessions

Join a virtual information session! Learn more about the OHSU PA Program and admissions information.

Admissions selection factors and preferences

Read more about what the OHSU PA Admissions Committee considers and prefers during their review of an application.  You can also review the class profiles page to see statistics from previous matriculated classes.

OHSU requires immunizations for its students in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the State of Oregon. Students must comply with OHSU pre-entrance immunization requirements per Policy 03-30-150 and Policy 02-90-010, and remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU.

This means that all admitted students must provide proof of full COVID-19 immunization or receive an approved medical or religious exception 21 days prior to the start of the academic program. Admission into OHSU academic programs are considered conditional until proof of full vaccination is provided or a medical or religious exception is approved by OHSU. If students have not met the COVID-19 policy requirements at least 21 days prior to the start of the academic program, their conditional offer of admission to OHSU will be rescinded and they will be unable to take courses or start their programs of study or other academic activities.

Students admitted into non-clinical programs who have received exceptions will be required to complete COVID-19 testing as specified by OHSU and will receive additional direction related to required safety standards and practices. OHSU does not allow unvaccinated students to participate in in-person direct patient contact or in simulation activities involving in-person direct contact with standardized patients, and as such, entry into clinical programs for unvaccinated students will be prohibited.

Title IX and Equal Opportunity

OHSU provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It does not discriminate on any status protected by law. This policy applies to all employment, education, volunteer, and patient care related activities or in any other aspect of OHSU’s operation. Retaliation for reporting discrimination is prohibited. To make an inquiry or report an incident of discrimination, contact OHSU’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) Department at 503-494-5148, aaeo@ohsu.edu.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) protects individuals from discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex or gender in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal aid. OHSU, as a recipient of federal funds, complies with Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 by prohibiting sex and gender discrimination and harassment, which includes sexual misconduct and sexual violence, in education programs, activities, employment, and admissions. Inquiries about Title IX compliance or sex/gender discrimination and harassment may be directed to the OHSU Title IX Coordinator.

Contact Jessica Asai, JD at 503-494-0258 or titleix@ohsu.edu.

Inquiries may also be directed to the U.S. Department of Education, Western Region Office for Civil Rights at 206-607-1600, ocr.seattle@ed.gov.