The demand for well-educated physician assistants continues to grow. Between 2008 and 2018, job opportunities for physician assistants will increase by 39 percent, according to CNNMoney.com —a bit of job security in an unstable economy. Forbes has rated the physician assistant master’s degree the most valuable degree for the time and money invested for three years in a row.
Physician assistants practice medicine under the direction of physicians. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling, and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. Physician assistants can also prescribe medications.
In the fall of 2014, Ohio Dominican University will accept a select number of qualified high school seniors for early admission into our Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. The Physician Assistant Early Admission Program—a 4+2 program (undergraduate plus graduate) —is designed for highly motivated students with defined career goals. Once their bachelor degree has been completed, students will begin ODU’s 27-month Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. Our program is the only PA Studies program in Central Ohio.
Through the Physician Assistant Early Admission program, Ohio Dominican University guarantees qualified students enrollment to our highly competitive Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program.
This exclusive opportunity is available only to top high school students with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher and who have scored at least 28 on their ACT. To maintain eligibility, students must hold a 3.7 overall GPA and a 3.6 GPA in all undergraduate science courses as well as complete a minimum of 250 hours of patient care and take the Graduate Record Exam.
Ohio Dominican University has a state-of-the-art science building equipped with cadaver, clinical, psychology and environmental science labs.