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Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Applicants from all academic disciplines are welcome to apply, provided they meet the preparatory course 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, 2018.  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.  

Required Documents for Application

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. Personal resume
  3. CASPA application
  4. OCU's supplemental application