Class Profiles

The following table represents information regarding the most recent matriculated classes. In general, students accepted into the OHSU PA Program come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The program enjoys a strong applicant pool from across the country. Although the OHSU PA Program doesn't designate a set number of seats for residents, about half the class is from Oregon and other Northwest states.  Each year students are accepted from all over, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, etc.

Entering students bring experience in health care from many types of backgrounds to include experience as emergency medical technicians (EMT), paramedics, certified nursing assistants (CNA), medical assistants, phlebotomists, scribes, and naturopaths to name a few.

Although the program doesn’t require or prefer a specific major for entering students, we tend to see most bachelor’s degrees from areas such as biology, psychology, and general science. We have seen a fair number of bachelor’s degrees in English, History, Art History, etc., and these entering students will usually have obtained their science credits as a post-baccalaureate student.

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Applicants 1528 1694 1230 1396 1184
Interviews 160 160 150 144 136
Selected 42 42 41 30 32
Average GPA 3.50 3.42 3.47 3.53 3.54
Average HCE (years) 3.0 3.0 2.75 2.2 2.1
Average Age 28.81 28.8 28.73 27.07 26
OR Resident 25 27 25 15 12
Non-OR Resident 17 15 16 15 20