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Physician Assistant Program - Learn More

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

Applying for Admission

All applicants to the OCU Physician Assistant program must apply through the online application system CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants). In addition, applicants must submit an online OCU Supplemental Application to the OCU Office of Graduate Admissions.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2020-21 admission cycle will be available through CASPA beginning the end of April 2020 (click here for CASPA). To be considered for OCU admission during the 2020-21 cycle, an applicant must submit their application on or before the August 1, 2020, deadline and all supporting materials including transcripts, letter of recommendation, and resume, must be received at CASPA on or before 08/01/2020. There are no exceptions to the posted deadline.

Also, the deadline to provide the OCU Supplemental Application to the OCU Office of Graduate Admissions is August 1, 2020 (Graduate Admissions Website).

Application Fee

The fee for using CASPA is based on the number of programs the applicant designates. There is an additional non-refundable OCU Supplemental Application fee of $60.00.

Interview Selection Factors and Preferences

The PA Program follows the OCU Graduate Admissions Policy as stated below:

Admission to attend Oklahoma City University is considered to be a privilege rather than a right. The university does not discriminate against any individual because of age, sex, race, marital status, physical disability, or religious affiliation.

Oklahoma City University is interested in graduate students who want to learn. The Admission staff will carefully consider each application. Important factors that will be considered are undergraduate records, recommendations from academic counselors or persons able to comment on your professional abilities, character, and personality, as well as the interest and goals of the applicant in relation to the graduate programs offered by the university.

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request any additional information before making a decision on admission. All transcripts, test scores, correspondence or other materials submitted in conjunction with an application for admission become the permanent property of the university and will not be returned. Providing false or incomplete information on this application may result in a denial of admission or a cancellation of registration.

In addition to this policy, the PA Program considers the following criteria in the selection of students for the PA Program. The Admissions Committee will evaluate the applicant’s academic record (overall GPA, science GPA, last 60 hours GPA, level of difficulty) as well as individual qualities that include interpersonal skills, maturity, life experiences, knowledge of the profession, community service and leadership skills.

Admission Requirements & Prerequisites

  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of Regional Accrediting Organization is required. Applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation.
  • A minimum undergraduate or graduate degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 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 several upper-level science courses provides a good foundation for the study of medicine and high achievement in the sciences contributes to success in PA education. Note the following courses or areas of study will not count towards the biological sciences prerequisite: kinesiology, nutrition, exercise science, and nursing.
  • At least three chemistry courses are required; one of the three must be biochemistry.
  • Two courses in Psychology are required.
  • 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.
  • ALL PREREQUISITES must be completed by August 15th, 2019. If you receive an interview, verification of completion of the prerequisites must be shown at the time of the interview in the form of an official transcript containing the course work.