Physician Assistant Program  
Physician Assistant Program

Travis Warford, MHS, PA-C, OCU Class of 1998, practices as a Physician Assistant in orthopedic surgery in Midwest City.

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 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.

Structure

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 in the following specialties: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN,  Psychiatry, General Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. The final month will consist of a summative evaluation process to ready students for entry into the profession. 

Prerequisites

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. 

If you are not familiar with medical terminology, we highly recommend you taking a course on the subject or at least reviewing a Merck Medical Terminology textbook prior to enrolling in the PA Program.

Undergraduate Degree

A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of Regional Accrediting Organization is required. 

Course Requirements

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.

Coursework Completed at Non-U.S. Schools

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. 

The Interview Process

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. 

More Information

For more information on the program, contact Amber Hicks at ahicks@okcu.edu or call (405) 208-6260.

PA Program Advisement Dates

Register here for Physician Assistant advisement! Choose from the following dates:

Advising sessions last from 5:30–7pm.

Application Information

Applications will be made available through the University online application process starting in early January for the class entering the following January.  The application deadline each year is June 1st. 

Note that the OCU Physician Assistant Program does not require the GRE or other standardized tests.  The Program also does not require clinical experience in the application process. 

The Program does not accept advanced standing/placement.  Students enrolled in the Program will be required to complete all courses.

Due to the challenges of the curriculum, students enrolled in the Program are strongly discouraged from attempting to maintain outside employment.

Admissions decisions are based on evidence of academic preparation, a letter of recommendation, your curriculum vitae and if selected for final consideration, an on-campus interview and brief writing task. 

The cost of the Program will be determined during the Spring of 2015.  However, note that the final costs of the Program will not be more than the following:

        Tuition for the entire course of study....$75,000 (regardless of residency status)
                Institution fees...................................$9,000
                Program fees......................................$4,500

 

A message regarding the national board examination for PAs

Following graduation from a Physician Assistant Program, individuals must pass a standardized national board exam prior to being licensed to practice in any state.  The exam, known as the PANCE, is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Programs are required by their accrediting body to post the pass rate on the PANCE of their previous five classes.  If Oklahoma City University is successful in the accreditation process and admits its inaugural class in January, 2016, the first PANCE scores to report will appear during the summer of 2018.