Physician Assistant

Oregon Health & Science University

26 months
1112 USD/credit
1112 USD/credit
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The Oregon Health & Science University, Physician Assistant Program is a 26-month, full-time course of study leading to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies 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 lasts 14 months.


The Oregon Health & Science University, Physician Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

The Program receives programmatic accreditation from the ARC-PA, which protects the interests of the public and physician assistant profession by defining the standards for physician assistant education and evaluating physician assistant educational programs to ensure their compliance with those standards.

In May 2008, the Program was awarded Continued Accreditation for six years, which was then extended to seven years. The date for the next full review of the program by the ARC-PA is scheduled for May 2015.

The OHSU PA Program was established in 1995 with the mission of preparing physician assistants to provide primary care services to medically underserved communities. The Program graduated its first class in September, 1997. In the spring of 2001, the PA Program became a free-standing Division within the School of Medicine.


Oregon Health & Science University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Programme Structure

Academic Year Curriculum

The following description reflects the Master of Physician Assistant Studies academic curriculum in the entry level program for those interested in becoming a physician assistant. The academic phase emphasizes:

  • a strong foundation in basic science education
  • comprehensive exposure to primary care and specialty areas of medicine
  • introduction to patient care through weekly experiences with community physician and physician assistant mentors
  • hands-on experience performing histories, physical exams, and developing assessments and management plans during mentoring activities
  • development of clinical thinking processes through faculty facilitated weekly small group activities utilizing problem-based learning
  • the use of medical informatics and evidence-based medicine to make better clinical decisions
  • methods to improve patient interactions and provide more effective medical care
  • formalized evaluations of clinical competencies and skills throughout the year
Clinical Year CurriculumAll students participate in clinical training activities in a variety of settings at program-provided sites. Students are not required to supply their own sites or preceptors. In keeping with the mission of the program, a majority of the clinical opportunities are located outside of metropolitan Portland, many in rural and urban medically underserved sites throughout Oregon, Southwest Washington and Eastern Idaho.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 26 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Classes begin in mid-June




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

Bachelor's Degree

The Program doesn't require the degree to be from a specific major, however the majority of students enter the program with degrees from science majors including Biology, Chemistry, and General Science. 

Prerequisite Overview

Required courses must be taken at regionally accredited community colleges or universities. We accept both upper and lower division credits to meet specific prerequisite courses. The prerequisites with accompanying required labs should be taken on-campus, not online. Specifically, the A&P with lab requirement will not be accepted if taken as an online course or online lab. A&P with lab must be taken in person. Science prerequisites not requiring labs, Psychology and Statistics, can be taken online from accredited institutions. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. (Note that the average for students admitted this past admissions cycle was 3.51).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1112 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1112 USD per credit and a duration of 26 months.
  • National

    1112 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1112 USD per credit and a duration of 26 months.


Each student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). OHSU Federal School Code is 004883.Use one of the two options listed below to complete the FAFSA. OHSU’s priority filing deadline is March 1, 2015.This is a receipt date, not a postmarked date. The priority deadline is used in conjunction with other criteria when determining eligibility for certain types of funds available at OHSU. **We strongly suggest you complete your FAFSA early. Please keep in mind when completing FAFSA on the Web that the federal processor operates on Eastern Standard Time.

  • FAFSA on the Web: Here you can access the 2015-16 FAFSA and the 2015-16 Renewal FAFSA (for continuing students), if you wish to submit your information electronically.
  • FAFSA Application: If you need a 2015-16 FAFSA paper application, you may contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-4FEDAID to request a form to be mailed to you.
Please note that your application for Financial Aid will not be reviewed until you have been formally admitted to a financial aid eligible program at Oregon Health & Science University.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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