ODU Offers New Students Early Acceptance into its Physician Assistant Program

PA Early Admission


Columbus, OHA select group of Ohio Dominican University (ODU) students will have a clear and assured track to ODU’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Program through its new “PA Early Admission Program.” 

ODU is recruiting now for the first class that will begin in fall of 2014. The university will accept as many as 10 outstanding high school seniors annually, and they will be assured of acceptance into ODU’s MSPAS program as long as they meet and maintain the rigorous academic standards, and fulfill the required 250 clinical patient care hours. Upon completion of their bachelor’s degree, qualified students will enter into ODU’s 27-month MSPAS program. For more information, visit www.ohiodominican.edu/PAEarly. 

“This unique program offers outstanding and motivated students a direct path to become highly trained and well-equipped physician assistants who will use their knowledge and experience to serve those in our community,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. 

The Association of American Medical Colleges projects the U.S. will experience a shortage of approximately 90,000 doctors by 2020, and 130,000 by 2025, unless steps are taken to train additional physicians. To help address that demand, the Association says 200,000 new physician assistants will be needed in the U.S. by 2020. 

“This program is designed for highly motivated students who have established their career goals,” said ODU PA Program Director Shonna Riedlinger. “ODU’s PA program is the first and only program in Central Ohio, and its graduates will enable the physician assistant profession to grow and meet the increased demand placed on health care providers to improve patient access to excellent medical care.” 

The program is available to select undergraduate students who have achieved a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have received a score of at least 28 on their ACT.  

To remain in the program, students must meet established criteria, which include maintaining a 3.7 overall cumulative GPA and a 3.6 cumulative GPA in all undergraduate science courses. Students also must complete a minimum of 250 hours of patient care experience and take the GRE.  

To qualify for the first class entering in the fall of 2014, high school seniors must be admitted to ODU no later than Jan. 15, 2014. Qualified applicants will be invited to apply for the PA Early Admission Program and interviewed by ODU administrators. 

This program is modeled after ODU’s partnership with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. The “ODU-to-OU Med School Early Acceptance Program” was announced on Aug. 20, 2013. 

ODU’s PA program launched in July of 2012, and recently welcomed its second cohort of future physician assistants. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.