The OSU Center for Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program recruits, educates
and mentors a diverse group of students to increase competent and compassionate health
care with an emphasis on increasing access to healthcare in rural and medically underserved
Oklahoma. Our vision is to educate Physician Assistants to become competent clinicians
who make a positive impact on their patients as well as their surrounding community.
First class of students will begin July 2021.
The Oklahoma State University Physician Assistant Program is a 28-month program which
consists of 124 total credit hours including 13 months of didactic training and 15
months of clinical training. The program embodies the idea of interprofessional education,
and as a result a significant portion of the courses occur alongside students in both
the College of Medicine and the Master’s in Athletic Training. This unique aspect
to the program helps to foster relationships between health care providers early on,
which in turn builds a more successful patient-centered health care team.
The didactic curriculum consists of in-class lectures and hands-on experiences that
will prepare the PA student for clinical rotations. The clinical curriculum begins
with the Fall II semester and continues until graduation. It consists of 15 four-week
rotations. The curriculum includes seven required rotations as well as medical and/or
Due to the sequential nature of the existing curriculum, OSU PA Program does not consider
applicants seeking advanced placement.
of graduates will attain employment in less than 6 months following graduation
Research and Faculty
The goal of the Physician Assistant faculty is to educate students to become
competent clinicians who make a positive impact on their patients as well as their
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program has
applied for Accreditation Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on
Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). OSU Center for Health Sciences Physician
Assistant Program anticipates matriculating its first class in July 2021, pending
achieving Accreditation Provisional status at the March 2021 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation
Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation,
if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students
appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a
program holding accreditation provisional status appears to demonstrate continued
progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the
first class (cohort) of students.
In the event that ARC-PA withholds accreditation, OSU Center for Health Sciences will
not enroll students in July 2021. The university will refund any fees and deposits
to those individuals accepted to the program. CASPA application fees cannot be refunded
to applicants by OSU Center for Health Sciences or by CASPA.