Physician Assistant Admission Requirements
The primary goal of the OU-TU School of Community Medicine’s physician assistant (PA) program is to educate quality primary care physician assistants to actively improve the healthcare of Oklahomans – particularly in underserved urban areas.
The PA program’s curriculum – with emphasis on meeting the needs of the underserved populations and those at risk in the state – is 30 months in length, starting in early June of each year. The didactic phase, lasting 15 months, consists of classroom and laboratory instruction in basic medical and behavioral sciences. The second and third years – or clinical phase – focus on applying the learned material in a clinical setting.
Every year, nearly 700 individuals apply to the OU-TU School of Community Medicine PA program. Of these applicants, we interview 100 each year. Our typical class has approximately 24 students, with a wide range of backgrounds and clinical experience. In an increasingly competitive applicant pool, excellent grades and scores on the GRE are a necessity. The minimum requirements are not competitive for an interview. We encourage student diversity, accepting students with undergraduate backgrounds in arts, sciences, and humanities. In the admission process, preference will first be given to Oklahoma residents. Highly qualified non-resident applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and may successfully compete for admission.
Application cycle for the class of 2023 begins June 1st, 2020 and ends on October 1st, 2020.
Application to the OU-TU School of Community Medicine PA program at OU-Tulsa is entirely separate from application to the OU program in Oklahoma City. A Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application and a supplemental application for the University of Oklahoma are required specific to Tulsa. A separate application is required for consideration to the OKC program.
CASPA Deadline: Applicants must have a complete date on or before the deadline date of October 1st. A complete date is given when an application is e-submitted and all transcripts, payments, and at least two letters of reference have been received by CASPA and attached to the application. Documents should be sent several weeks prior to this date to ensure items arrive on time.
- Specific requirements for prerequisites listed here. Applicants are responsible for determining which prerequisites remain outstanding. Life experience does not count toward fulfillment of any prerequisite courses.
- No more than one science and one non-science prerequisite can be in progress after December 31st of the year prior to enrollment in the program.
- Students invited to interview must provide proof of enrollment in any outstanding prerequisite on the day of their visit.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
- No one course can satisfy more than one prerequisite.
- Advanced Placement (AP) credit may be used to satisfy prerequisite coursework provided that the AP credit is accepted by the applicant’s institution and is posted on the applicant’s official academic transcript. Further documentation may be required to verify that AP credit granted in science courses meet the program’s admission standards.
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university before matriculation will be required.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as computed by CASPA, for both the overall GPA and the science GPA. Due to the competitive nature of the program, meeting minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee an invitation to interview for admission.
- Good standing with the college or university last attended or currently enrolled.
- Completed online supplemental application for admission at the University of Oklahoma. Link to the supplemental application will be available June 1, 2020. Please note whether you wish to be considered for the Tulsa program, the Oklahoma City program, or both on your online supplemental application for the University of Oklahoma.
- Completed online application with the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Available at https://portal.caspaonline.org/
- Three letters of reference submitted directly to CASPA.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted directly to CASPA. Once the CASPA application has been submitted, transcripts updating grades and coursework should be submitted to the OUHSC Office of Admissions.
- Completion of the general test component of the GRE. All GRE scores must be received by the OUHSC Office of Admissions by October 1 of the application cycle. Available at http://www.ets.org/gre. Please use GRE code 6902. Only GRE scores within the last 5 years will be accepted.
- Foreign course work must be submitted to World Education Services (http://www.wes.org/) for evaluation.
In reviewing applications, we consider many factors that contribute to the competitiveness of the applicant.
Those factors may include:
- Healthcare experience - Healthcare experience is strongly recommended but not required for the PA program applicant. The Tulsa PA program does not facilitate shadowing experiences. Physician assistants and prospective applicants can coordinate shadowing experiences by registering on the following website: www.pashadowonline.com
- Commitment to community service, particularly with an underserved population
- Academic background including institution of coursework completion and course load taken while completing prerequisites
- Letters of reference
- Understanding the role of the PA
- Honors, achievements and awards
- Other life experiences and extracurricular activities
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