Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Application & Cost

Take your first step today and apply to ODU's Physician Assistant Studies Program. If you have any questions about the application process, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at  or (614) 251-4615.

Submit your application online through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

Be sure to review and complete all of the admission requirements for ODU's PA Program.

Apply through CASPA

For the class applying to start in August 2024:

  • CASPA will open for 2024 applications on April 27, 2023
  • The deadline to submit your application through CASPA is Oct. 1, 2023

Once an applicant is accepted to the program, a $500 deposit must accompany the acceptance reply.

A second deposit of $1,000 must be received by the program to secure a seat in the program. This second deposit is due approximately three weeks from date of acceptance. The applicant will be notified of the exact date in the acceptance letter. 

These deposits will be applied to the first semester's tuition, however, they are non-refundable should the student fail to enter the program for which he or she has been accepted.


The approximate cost for ODU's Physician Assistant Studies Program is calculated annually and subject to change.

Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year is $939 per credit hour.*

The total estimated cost for ODU's PA Program is $95,901, including approximate fees and costs listed below.

Approximate Fees & Costs for Didactic Phase, by Semester

16 Credits
21 Credits
17 Credits 
2nd Fall
16 Credits 
Tuition $15,024 $19,719 $15,963 $15,024
Clinical Fee  $100  $100 $100 $100
Anatomy Fee $605 $0  $0  $0 
Clinical Resource Fee $345 $0   $100 $819
Technology Fee $175 $175  $175 $175
Document Maintenance Fee $100 $0   $0 $0
Medical Equipment  $325 $507  $0 $0
Total $16,674 $20,501  $16,338 $16,118

Additional estimated costs to be paid by the student during the didactic phase include:

  • Drug screening and background check prior to matriculation: $124
  • Required textbooks not provided via online resources: $684
  • Membership to AAPA and OAPA: $125
  • Membership to SAAAPA: $40
  • ODU PA Program Apparel (scrubs & polo shirt): $91
Total Estimated Cost for Didactic Phase: $70,695


Approximate Fees & Costs for Clinical Phase, by Semester

8 Credits
8 Credits
8 Credits 
Tuition $7,512 $7,512 $7,512
Clinical Fee  $100  $100 $100
Clinical Resource Fee $462 $100  $205
Technology Fee $175 $175   $175
Document Maintenance Fee $0  $0   $0
Total $8,249 $7,887  $7,992

Additional estimated costs to be paid by the student during the clinical phase include:

  • Drug screening and background check prior to start of clinical phase: $124**
  • Students are responsible for all travel expenses (e.g., housing , travel and food) to and from their assigned clinical rotation site.***
  • NCCPA PANCE Certification Exam: $550****
  • State Licensure Fee: $404*****
Total Estimated Cost for Clinical Phase: $25,206

Cost of Attendance: In addition to the tuition and fees listed above, students in ODU's PA Program are required to pay transportation and housing costs for the duration of their program attendance. For a complete overview of ODU’s Cost of Attendance, click here

*$939 per credit hour is subject to increase each academic year – calculated cohort based price for incoming class.

**Students are responsible for additional payment if further screening is deemed necessary by the clinical site.

***Students are required to complete 11 clinical rotations. All students will be expected to travel to various rotation sites. While the majority of the clinical sites are in state, some may require travel out of state. Rotation assignments are determined by the program.  

**** PANCE is the Certification Exam that is taken post-graduation – It is required to practice as a PA-C.

***** State Licensure Fee will vary and is paid post-graduation – The above is based on State of Ohio Licensure Fee.

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