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The demand for physician assistants continues to grow, and with ODU's early assurance program, you can start preparing for a rewarding career as a physician assistant from your first day on campus.

The Physician Assistant Early Assurance Program—a 4+2 program (undergraduate plus graduate)— is designed for highly motivated students with defined career goals. 

Once you complete your bachelor's degree, you will enroll in ODU's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. Our program was the first PA Studies program in central Ohio and our graduates boast a 98% first-time pass rate on the PANCE exam and 100% employment rate.

  • Why ODU?
    Through the Physician Assistant Early Assurance program, Ohio Dominican University prepares qualified students for enrollment in our highly competitive Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program.

    Ohio Dominican's PA Program is designed for individuals committed to helping others through a compassionate and holistic approach to health care.

    Program Features:
    • 27-month program with classroom and clinical phases.
    • State-of-the-art PA Program building includes cadaver and simulation labs.
    • Partnerships with clinics and health care centers throughout Ohio.
    • Housing available on campus.
    ODU's program prepares students in:
    • application of coursework concepts
    • clinical skills
    • critical thinking
    • effective communication
    • professionalism
    • working in the community
    Students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Studies program at Ohio Dominican benefit from the university’s strong liberal arts foundation. To understand the health of the body and improving the health of others requires a true application of the liberal arts approach to draw on foundations in business, ethics and the natural sciences. As a result, Ohio Dominican is uniquely positioned to take a distinctive approach to Physician Assistant Studies. 

    Ohio Dominican was the first university in Central Ohio to offer a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies, which graduated its first class in Fall 2014. 
  • Qualifications

    To apply for the Early Assurance program, high school students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have scored at least 28 on their ACT. 

    Once admitted, students must complete these prerequisites during their undergraduate studies, and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission to the Masters program.

    To maintain eligibility, students must hold a 3.7 overall GPA and a 3.6 GPA in all undergraduate science courses.

  • How to Apply to PA Early Assurance

    A select number of qualified high school seniors are chosen for early admission to our Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. They can earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees in just six years.

    Applicants to ODU's Physician Assistant (PA) Early Assurance Program must complete an application for admission to ODU as well an application to the PA Early Assurance Program. 

    Apply to Ohio Dominican University

    Apply to PA Early Assurance Program

    • Deadline Information

      For Fall 2017 entrance, all applications materials (the ODU application and PA Early Assurance application) must be complete and submitted by December 1, 2016. 

      Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

      Note that letters of recommendation may take several weeks to obtain from letter writers; please plan accordingly.

  • Our Facilities
    Ohio Dominican University has a state-of-the-art science building equipped with cadaver, clinical, psychology and environmental science labs.

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