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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.

  • 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 2021 entrance, all applications materials (the ODU application and PA Early Assurance application) must be complete and submitted by January 10, 2021. 

      Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

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

  • Admission Requirements for Fall 2021
    • You must also apply and be admitted to Ohio Dominican University through general admission to be considered for the program. We encourage you to apply to ODU and submit your required academic documents (e.g., high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, post-secondary transcripts) early to meet the January 10, 2021 deadline
    • You must have a minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 unweighted scale, and a minimum composite score of 28 on the ACT (1320 SAT)
    • To remain eligible as an early assurance participant, students must have an overall GPA of 3.7 or higher, and a GPA of 3.6 or higher in all science courses upon graduation
    • Two letters of recommendation (one from a science teacher, one from a medical professional)
    • Submit an essay detailing why you wish to pursue a career in medicine
    • Appear for an in-person interview on the ODU campus (this typically occurs in early January)
    • Once admitted, students must complete these prerequisites during their undergraduate studies, and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission to the Masters program
  • Application Timeline

    Application Timeline

    • January 10, 2021 – Applications are due
    • January – Interviews on the ODU campus in Columbus, Ohio
    • March 31 – Final decisions are rendered 
  • Letters of Recommendation

    You will need to provide two letters of recommendation to complete your application. 

    • One from a science teacher familiar with your academic work.
    • One from a physician or medical care provider.

    Please have those submitting a recommendation upload their letters at ohiodominican.edu/PAearlyrec.

    Or, they can send their letters by postal mail to:

    Director of Undergraduate Admission

    Ohio Dominican University
    1216 Sunbury Road
    Columbus, OH 43219

    Questions? Please email admission@ohiodominican.edu

  • 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. 
  • 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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