Oklahoma City University has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Oklahoma City University anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2016, pending the achieving Accreditation- Provisional status at the September 2015 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation- Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.
Oklahoma City University, with more than 100 years of excellence in the arts and sciences, is developing a Physician Assistant (PA) training program on campus with long-time PA educator Dr. Dan McNeill.
The new PA program is designed to deliver a high caliber basic and clinical science curriculum and to provide a wealth of hands-on experience on clinical rotations. The PA Program will also focus on training within community primary care practices, providing charitable care throughout central Oklahoma City and fostering a holistic approach to healing.
Many exciting career opportunities await those entering the PA profession. Come be a part of our novel program.
The PA Program will be 28 months in duration. The initial 12 months will consist of didactic training in the basic and clinical sciences on the OCU campus. The subsequent 15 months will consist of clinical rotations throughout Oklahoma. The final month will consist of a summative evaluation process to ready students for entry into the profession.
Applicants from all academic disciplines are welcome to apply, provided they meet the preparatory course prerequisites.
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to application.
A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of Regional Accrediting Organization is required.
A minimum of five biological science courses of three semester credits is required. The PA Program recommends courses in anatomy, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, embryology, immunology, and microbiology. Courses with labs are preferred, but not required. While any one biological science course is not specifically required, completing each provides a good foundation for the study of medicine and high achievement in the sciences contributes to success in PA education.
At least three chemistry courses are required; one of the three must be biochemistry. Two courses in Psychology are required.
A minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. It is preferred that all science prerequisites be completed within seven (7) calendar years of the application deadline.
All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. For candidates holding foreign degrees, a total of 60 semester credits (approximately two years) at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university must be completed as well, prerequisite credit included. No exceptions.
Approximately 100 of the most qualified applicants will be invited for a personal interview conducted at Oklahoma City University. Maintaining a high standard of academic excellence, knowledge of the health care system, personal maturity, self-assurance, good interpersonal skills, volunteering in the community, shadowing a PA, and work experience will weigh strongly in the admission decision.