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.
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
- 26 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Classes begin in mid-June
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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. We have also accepted competitive applicants with bachelor's degree in Psychology, English, History, Art History, Communications, and many other majors. In general, applicants with limited science credits will need to obtain them as a post-baccalaureate student.
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).If using AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) credit for biology, chemistry, psychology, or statistics requirements, the AP/IB credit must show on an official transcript from the community college or university accepting the AP/IB credit to be eligible for meeting the prerequisite for OHSU.
International1112 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1112 USD per credit and a duration of 26 months.
National1112 USD/creditTuition FeeBased 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: www.fafsa.gov 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.
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.