• Admission Requirements

    ODU's Physician Assistant Studies program matriculates students every fall semester beginning in August. Admission to the Ohio Dominican University  Physician Assistant  Studies program is highly competitive. 

    Each applicant is evaluated holistically and decisions are based on a combination of academic performance, competitive scores on the GRE and/or MCAT, a written personal statement, direct patient-care experience and letters of recommendation, as well as an on-campus interview.

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    For admission into the program, candidates must:

    Apply through the CASPA Portal (submit transcripts directly though the CASPA Portal). [ODU does not require a supplemental application or accept any additional documents or updates once an application has been submitted.]

    Undergraduate criteria: Bachelors-level degree from an accredited college or university. 3.0 overall and science GPA on a 4.0 scale.

    Prerequisite coursework: It is recommended that applicants complete all prerequisite coursework within eight years of matriculation to Ohio Dominican’s Physician Assistant Studies program (with exception of the humanities). All prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. 

    Minimum 250 hours of documented patient-care experience. These hours are self-documented and subject to audit by the program. (While shadowing hours do not count towards patient-care experience, shadowing a PA is beneficial for the applicant.)

    GRE and/or MCAT submitted no later than the application deadline date of November 1, 2015

    ODU's institution code for submitting your GRE is 0436. By using this code, your scores will be sent directly to CASPA for verification. Scores must be within 5 years of admission. 

    Two letters of recommendation as required through CASPA. It is recommended at least one letter be from a clinician working in healthcare. 

    Understanding of minimal Technical Standards.

    An interview is required and is by invitation only. (All travel expenses are the responsibility of the candidate.) An interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

    Prior to matriculation and after acceptance into the program, students must have a criminal background check. The cost of this is the student's responsibility. Drug screening and further background checks may be necessary depending upon clinical phase preceptor and/or institutional requirements. Ohio Dominican University reserves the right to rescind admission into its Physician Assistant Studies Program for students whose criminal background check comes back positive for any conviction, including, but not limited to, alcohol/drug-related offenses.

    A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate is also required prior to matriculation and after acceptance into the program.

    International Applicants

    Matriculants to the ODU PA program must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America. The PA program requires international applicants, at their own expense, to provide foreign transcript evaluation from one of the accepted credential evaluation agencies, ECE or WES. All prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. 

    In addition to the regular admission requirements above, all students from non-English speaking countries must achieve a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All international applicants must also provide evidence of sufficient financial resources for their graduate education before they can be admitted.


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