Parent Page: Prospective Students id: 21428 Active Page: Prerequisite Requirementsid:21432

PA Program Prerequisite Requirements

Listed below are the University of Oklahoma prerequisites for the PA Program.
Please visit the Course Equivalency Tables for questions regarding course transfers from other colleges and universities. Click Here.

  1. A minimum overall and science grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Good standing with the college or university last attended or currently enrolled.
  3. Completed CASPA application and OUHSC supplemental application submitted by the September 1st deadline.
  4. Three letters of reference; at least one from a PA, MD, DO, or NP is preferred. 
  5. One-page typewritten statement on why you want to be a Physician Associate submitted as the personal statement in the CASPA application.
  6. Resume; please use the template provided.
  7. The Casper assessment allows applicants to demonstrate their unique personal and professional strengths, providing programs with insights into key personal and professional characteristics in a fair and reliable way. Learn more about Casper.

         It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all requirements are submitted to CASPA before the September 1st deadline. 

** The Physician Associate Program does not offer or accept advanced standing credit for any course offered within the program. Students are required to complete all courses during their academic career in the program.  

PA Prerequisites

A bachelor's degree must be earned from an accredited college or university before matriculation. 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. Prerequisite courses cannot substitute for more advanced applied content within the professional component of the program.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education require that all applicants meet minimum academic requirements to be eligible. The following courses are required with a letter grade of "C" or better:

  • Bachelor's degree completion by date of matriculation
  • College Algebra or higher
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology elective (must have PSYC/PSY/PSYCH prefix)
  • General Chemistry I with lab
  • General Chemistry II with lab
  • Human Anatomy with lab**
  • Human Physiology with lab**
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Pathogenic Microbiology, Immunology, Virology, or Genetics***

** Note: One semester of Human Anatomy with lab and one semester of Human Physiology with lab OR two semesters of a combined Anatomy and Physiology course (A&P).  A cadaver course is preferred, although not required.  Kinesiology and Exercise Science courses will not meet the requirement.

*** Must be a 3000 or 4000-level biological science course.  Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry do not satisfy the requirement.