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.

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Applicants 1213 1470 1214 1592 1528
Interviews 143 170 166 181 160
Selected 43 42 42 42 42
Average GPA 3.47 3.51 3.48 3.47 3.50
Average HCE (years) 2.98 3.3 3.3 3.32 3.0
Average Age 28.67 28.0 27.5 27.48 28.81
OR Resident 25 23 23 27 25
Non-OR Resident 18 19 19 15 17