How to Apply

The application for the OHSU PA Program is currently open.  The application for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle for matriculation in June 2020 opened in CASPA on April 25, 2019.  The deadline for submitting a complete application is August 1, 2019, and your application must be verified by August 15, 2019 in order to be considered for admission during this cycle.


The OHSU PA Program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  This application process allows you to compile your application materials once and apply to multiple programs with one, centralized application.  The application fee is based on the number of programs to which an applicant applies. Please refer to CASPA for information on fees and waivers.  For questions about completing the online CASPA application, assistance can be provided by emailing or visiting the CASPA Help Center.

Your complete application must be submitted by August 1, 2019 and verified by August 15, 2019 to be eligible to apply.  Please refer to the CASPA Help Center for more information regarding the coursework verification process; CASPA states that the average application takes up to 2 weeks to be verified.  Please keep this in mind when planning your application to the program.  It is up to the applicant to ensure their application meets the program's deadlines.

There is no supplemental application. You will be required to answer OHSU-specific questions in the OHSU PA Program portal prior to submitting your CASPA application.


Official transcripts must be sent to CASPA for verification and inclusion in your application. Do not send official transcripts directly to OHSU unless requested by the program. Transcripts from all institutions you have attended should be sent to the following address:

CASPA Application Center
PO Box 9108
Watertown, MA 02471

Rolling admissions

The PA Program utilizes rolling admissions and early application is encouraged. Verified applications are reviewed in the order they are received, and decisions are communicated with applicants once they are made.

Application reviews

After the program has received the verified application from CASPA, an initial file review will be conducted. Applicants should allow up to 10 weeks for the review of their application. The program will communicate admissions decisions, including interview invitations, via e-mail once the review is complete.

The OHSU PA Program admissions committee utilizes a holistic approach.  The committee is looking for overall well-rounded applicants who bring strengths in all areas of their application.  Each section of the application is equally important so no one area will be weighed more than the rest.  This approach allows the admissions committee to select a well-rounded cohort with a diverse make-up of previous academic, health care, and life experiences.


Interview invitations are extended throughout the review process. Interviews take place September through December each year. The Program will not completely fill the available seats until all qualified candidates have completed their interview. Selections will occur monthly throughout the interview season (after each 2-3 interview dates). Final selections to fill remaining seats will occur by early February.

The current interview structure is a full day of interviews, with 16 candidates participating on a given interview day.  The morning is reserved for the rated interviews--a combination of multiple mini interviews (MMI), group interview, and an individual interview.  Candidates will participate in a lunch with current OHSU first year PA students so they can learn more about the program from the student perspective.  Following lunch, candidates will receive more in depth information about the program's curriculum, receive a building tour, sit in on class time (if the class schedule allows), and have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the admissions team.