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Physician Assistant Program

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.

Curriculum

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 surgery electives.

 

Due to the sequential nature of the existing curriculum, OSU PA Program does not consider applicants seeking advanced placement.

 
 

80PERCENT

of graduates will attain employment in less than 6 months following graduation

Research and Faculty

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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 surrounding community.

Meet our Departmental Faculty

 

Admissions

If accreditation is awarded, the first class of 26 students will begin courses in July 2021.

 

Learn more about PA Program pre-requirements

Learn more about admission into the PA Program

 

Admission preference of the program emphasizes Oklahoma residents and those from rural and underserved communities.

Preference is also given to applicants with:

• Health care experience
• Health care shadowing
• Community service
• Leadership roles
• Extracurricular activities

 

Cost & Assistance

Oklahoma resident and non-resident tuition rates are applicable to students in the Physician Assistant program.

 

Cost of Attendance

 

Physician Assistant Program Accreditation

 

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.

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