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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.

Graduates of Oklahoma City University who have an overall and science GPA greater than or equal to 3.50 will be guaranteed an interview for a position in the program.

Essential Applicant Qualities

Excellent interpersonal skills:

  • Accurate use of conversational English
  • Displays appropriate body language
  • Ease of conversation


  • High level of personal responsibility (external vs internal responsibility)
  • Independently driven

Good life experiences:

  • Positive or negative events or experiences that build character (illness, socioeconomic factors, sports participation, employment history)

Knowledge of profession:

  • Discussions with physician assistants or supervising physicians about the profession
  • Able to identify possible drawbacks to choosing the profession

Leadership Skills:

  • Holding a position as an officer in an organization
  • Coordinating a community event
  • Supervisory role in the workplace

Strong Academics:

  • Major or area of study
  • GPA and science GPA
  • Institution
  • Elective course

Strong upper science:

  • Sciences at 3000 level or above
  • Accompanying lab course

Strong last 60 hours:

  • Important to consider for students with poor early grades in irrelevant course studies
  • Consideration should be given to the number of science courses taken in the last 60 hours