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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 2024-2025 application cycle (matriculation in summer 2025), will open in late April 2024 and your verified CASPA application must be received by August 1, 2024, 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.   

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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.

OHSU strongly recommends that all OHSU members, regardless of their work location or job function, remain “up-to-date” with COVID-19 vaccines, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the revised policy as of June 12, 2023, all students must be “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date” with COVID-19 vaccinations OR they must submit a declination form via Enterprise Health and adhere to Student Health’s current requirements designed to minimize COVID-19 transmission. New students wishing to submit a declination should do so when they receive their network login credentials (usually about 30 days before the start of your program).

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 Office of Civil Rights Investigations and Compliance at 503-494-5148,

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 a Title IX coordinator,

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