Accreditation Status

Programs are accredited by  ARC-PA. “Accreditation-Continuing” is the term used to describe accreditation that is granted when an established program is in compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. "Accreditation-Provisional" is an accreditation status granted for a limited, defined period of time to a new program that has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards. "Accreditation-Probation" is a temporary status of accreditation assigned when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. The maximum period of probation is two years. “Accreditation-Administrative Probation” is a temporary status granted when a program has not complied with an administrative requirement, such as failure to pay fees or submit required reports. Once placed on Administrative Probation, a program that fails to comply with administrative requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having its accreditation withdrawn. "Developing-Not Accredited" programs are working towards accreditation, but have not yet passed ARC-PA accreditation review. There is no guarantee that the program will be accredited.

Accreditation Status
Accreditation Date
September 1972

Mission & Notable Features

All programs operate in accordance with the ARC-PA Standards, but programs may focus on specific populations, regions, teaching methods, etc. In addition, each program is unique, and has some things that make it stand out from the other programs.

Mission The mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching and creativity, and service to the state and society.
Notable Features An internationally prominent faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and new technology combine to make the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center a leader in education, research and patient care. One of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges дус Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Studies дус the OU Health Sciences Center serves approximately 4,000 students in more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs on campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. / Students and residents receive clinical training at on-site institutions, including the OU Medical Center, The Childrenду»s Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In addition, affiliate-training programs are maintained at hospitals and clinics throughout the state. / The OUHSC strategic plan for research targets and builds upon existing research and clinical strengths to achieve a healthier future and vigorous economy for Oklahoma. The key areas of research targeted are cancer, diabetes, neuroscience/vision and infectious diseases/immunology. The OUHSC already had a solid core of basic and clinical researchers in these four areas, plus the largest biomedical infrastructure in the state. Through recruitment, the OUHSC continues to grow its ranks of top researchers. / The Stephenson Cancer Center is the largest public-private biosciences initiative in state history, and is Oklahomaду»s only comprehensive academic cancer center. The Cancer Center has become a nationally recognized leader in research and patient care, and Oklahomans no longer need to travel out of state to receive all-inclusive state-of-the-art care. The new 210,000-square-foot building is designed to meet the medical, emotional, and practical needs of patients and their families. / Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is one of the top diabetes centers in the world for adults and children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and home to one of the largest group of diabetes researchers in the word. With operations at the centerду»s facilities on OUду»s Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses, as well as affiliated sites across the region, the center engages in novel research aimed at progress toward a cure for diabetes and its complications, providing improved patient care, and preventing the spread of diabetes through education and early detection. / Research at the OU Health Sciences Center has led to the development of several Oklahoma companies, including Caisson Biotech, which just entered into a development and license agreement with Novo Nordisk, representing a total deal value of potentially $100 million, as well as Altheus, Biolytx, Inoveon, Nantiox, Pure Protein, and Selexys, located in the University Research Park. Other companies at the Research Park such as Urocor, Charlesson and Genzym have had or continue to have close association with active research programs at the OU Health Sciences Center. The research enterprise at the OU Health Sciences Center also provides training for undergraduate and graduate students who will promote economic growth in the state. / The PA Program is housed in the College of Medicine and is integrated in the medical education and delivery system. PA students have the same access as medical students to the simulation center, college faculty, and clinical rotations. There are also opportunities to socially interact with their medical student peers. These characteristics set the University of Oklahoma Physician Associate Program apart from our peers. /

Preprofessional & Online Masters Degrees

Some programs offer a preprofessional degree designed to prepare students for a full professional PA program. Some programs also offer online masters programs designed to provide graduate education to someone with an undergraduate professional PA degree.

Preprofessional Degree None
Online Masters Degree None

Websites & Social Media

The program website and any social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are maintained by the program.

Website Visit site

Veterans Information

Some programs have created support systems and pathways for veterans to help them more easily transition into civilian life and matriculate into PA school. These include:

  • Scholarships or financial assistance (reduced tuition, in-state tuition).
  • Clinical partnerships with veterans organizations for rotations.
  • Special admissions processes that recognize military service.
  • Faculty who are veterans.
  • Institutional participation in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges program, a consortium of colleges that recognize the unique needs of veterans in achieving their educational goals. Many of these institutions offer special benefits, such as tuition reduction or credit for experiential learning.
  • Institutional participation in the Yellow Ribbon Schools, program, a university-funded scholarship program for veterans.
Clinical Partners
Special Admissions
Veteran Faculty
SOC Member
Yellow Ribbon Program

Class & Degree Information

General information about the degree offered, the size and length of the program, whether the program can be pursued part-time, etc.

Degrees Offered Masters
Bachelor Degree Not required
Class Dates
No information provided
Class Duration 27 months
Class Capacity 50 students
Campus Oklahoma City, OK
On-Campus Housing Available
Part-Time Option No
Distance & Online Learning No
Accept Transfer Students No
Seat Deposit $150

International Applicants

Some programs may accept applications from people who are not US citizens. International applicants may be required to submit educational documentation for review, demonstrate proficiency in English, and other additional requirements.

International students Accepted
Additional information More information

Application Deadline

Many programs are members of CASPA, the central application service for PA programs. Applications to these programs are submitted through the CASPA website. Applications to non-CASPA programs are submitted directly to the individual programs.

There are three kinds of CASPA program deadlines:

  • Submitted. The application must be submitted by the deadline date. Documents don't have to be received by CASPA by the deadline date.
  • Complete. The application must be submitted and all transcripts, payments, and at least two letters of reference must be received by CASPA by the deadline date.
  • Verified. The application must be submitted, complete, and the the GPA calculation must be completed by CASPA by the deadline date.

Deadlines for non-CASPA programs have different meanings depending on the program. Check the program's website for complete details.

CASPA Participant? Yes
Application Deadline
October 1, 2016
Deadline Type
No information provided

Curriculum & Coursework Focus

Programs may design their individual courses or their entire curriculum around particular learning methodologies and styles. These include:

  • Asynchronous Learning, a teaching method that uses online resources to facilitate information sharing outside the classroom.
  • Case-Based Learning
  • Collaborative or Team-Based Learning
  • Distance or Online Learning
  • Early Clinical Exposure
  • Hybrid of Traditional & Case-Based Learning
  • Organ-Based Learning or Systems-Based Learning
  • Problem-Based Learning
Curriculum Design Case-Based Learning
Collaborative or Team-Based Learning
Early Clinical Exposure
Problem-Based Learning
Course Design No special focus

Contact Information

Mailing address and other contact details for the admissions office. The admissions office may be in a different city and state than the program's main campus.

University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
900 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone 405-271-2058


Tuition listed is for the entire duration of the program. Some programs may include student fees and other costs into the tuition figure.

No information provided
No information provided

Standardized Exams

Programs may require specific exams such as the GRE or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If the program accepts the MCAT in place of the GRE, it is noted here. TOEFL requirements are for international or non-native English speaking applicants unless otherwise specified by the program. See the program’s website for details.

GRE Required — MCAT not accepted in place of GRE
TOEFL Required (for international applicants)

Health Care Experience

Programs may recommend or require health care experience. If health care experience is required, the program will specify the kinds of experiences that are acceptable and the minimum number of hours.

Experience Preferred/Recommended

Minimum GPA

Programs may require one or more of the following: a minimum overall GPA; a minimum GPA for prerequisite coursework; and a minimum GPA for science coursework. Programs calculuate minimum science GPAs differently, so details are provided if a minimum science GPA is required.

Overall GPA 2.75
Prerequisite GPA No minimum
Science GPA 2.75
Science GPA Method OVERALL

Recommendation Letters

Programs may require recommendation letters from specific people: university professors, physician assistants that you've worked with, etc.

Letters required 3
Anyone specific? No

Supplemental Application

Programs may require a supplemental application. This may be an application to the graduate school, or additional information that is not provided in the CASPA application.

Required Yes
October 1, 2016
Link to Application Visit site

Prerequisite Coursework

Programs may have a number of specific required courses that applicants must complete prior to matriculating. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of required coursework, but to identify some typical classes that are required by programs. For a complete list of prerequisites and course substitutions, visit the program's website.

Science Coursework

No prerequisite science coursework provided

Nonscience Coursework

No prerequisite nonscience coursework provided