Physician Assistant Programs in Ohio with School Information

There are nine schools within Ohio that have physician assistant programs. Read an overview of these nine schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

In Ohio, most physician assistant programs are offered at the master's degree level. Courses are made up of lectures and clinical experiences in such fields as geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatry and emergency medicine. Programs are usually limited enrollment, and because of the advanced nature of physician assistant courses, applicants usually need a bachelor's degree.

Seven of the nine schools listed in this article are fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Baldwin Wallace University and Ohio Dominican University have provisional ARC-PA accreditation, a temporary credential that is often given to newer programs.

Career Requirements

All physician assistants are required to be licensed for legal practice. Licensure requirements include completion of a program accredited by the ARC-PA and the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. Licensure is maintained every six years through continuing education, recertification exams and practical experiences. Read on to learn about the various public and private colleges and universities in Ohio offering physician assistant programs.


Baldwin Wallace University

Located in Berea, this university provides a Master of Medical Science program for aspiring physician assistants. This full-time program takes 24 months to complete, and students participate in lectures and clinical experiences. Students learn about clinical medicine, pharmacology and pathophysiology. Clinical rotations focus on obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN), emergency medicine, family medicine and more.

  • Program Offered: Physician Assistant Master of Medical Science
  • Estimated Program Cost: $72,000 (total program cost, 2014-2016)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb

Cleveland State University

This university is located in Cleveland and offers a Master of Science in Health Sciences with a physician assistant concentration. Students complete 36 credit hours for the Master of Science in Health Sciences program at Cleveland State University and 59 credit hours in the physician assistant program at Cuyahoga Community College. Coursework for this program includes pathology, surgical skills, patient management and clinical pharmacology. Students also complete a master's project and field experiences.

  • Program Offered: Master of Science in Health Sciences (Concentration in Physician Assistant Science)
  • Estimated Program Cost:$17,766 in-state;
    $33,435 out-of-state (tuition for entire program, 2011-2012)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

Cuyahoga Community College

Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College offers a physician assistant certificate program. Since the school is affiliated with Cleveland State University, students enrolled in this program also receive a Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in physician assistant science. Students take courses in clinical anatomy, clinical medicine, pharmacology, electrocardiography and surgical skills. The curriculum for this program also includes field experiences and seminars.

  • Program Offered: Post-Degree Professional Certificate in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Estimated Program Cost: $6,477 in-county;
    $8,410 in-state;
    $16,728 out-of-state (tuition for entire program, 2011-2012)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

Kettering College

Located in Kettering, this college offers a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree that requires the completion of 45 credits. Students can expect to take courses in pharmacology, patient documentation, pediatrics, women's health, pulmonology and infectious disease. Students spend 40 weeks completing rotations in emergency medicine, surgery and more. They also must pick elective rotations in fields like dermatology, cardiology and critical care.

  • Program Offered: Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Estimated Program Cost: $10,590 (tuition and fees per semester, 2013-2014)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb

Marietta College

This college in Marietta offers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. There are currently 36 students allowed into the program, and the curriculum is taught by eight faculty members. During the didactic phase of the program, students spend 12 months engaged in laboratory work and classroom instruction. Coursework includes human physiology, pharmacology, clinical medicine and pathophysiology. The clinical portion of this program spans 14 months and includes clinical rotations and a capstone project.

  • Program Offered: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Estimated Program Cost: $71,656 (tuition and fees for the entire program, no date given)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; fringe town

Ohio Dominican University

Located in Columbus, this university has a Master of Science program for physician assistants. The program is full-time and provides clinical experiences and lectures. Didactic coursework covers topics on microbiology, pharmacology and genetics. Students also take clinical rotations in family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery and other medical fields.

  • Program Offered: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Estimated Program Cost: $793 per credit hour (2013-2014)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

The University of Findlay

Located in Findlay, this university admits 18 students into the master's degree program for physician assistants. The entire program can be completed in seven semesters. Students complete didactic education first, then they complete three semesters of clinical experiences. All clinical sites are located off-campus.

  • Program Offered: Master of Physician Assistant
  • Estimated Program Cost: $77,829 (tuition and fees for the entire program, 2013-2015)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town

University of Mount Union

The University of Mount Union is located in Alliance and offers a physician assistant program to 25-30 students. The program is full-time and takes 27 months to complete. Courses cover clinical anatomy, health and disease, human physiology, medical ethics and clinical skills. The clinical practicum portion of the program has rotations in geriatrics, pediatrics, family medicine, women's health, psychiatry and emergency medicine. Clinical rotations are four weeks in length.

  • Program Offered: Physician Assistant Program
  • Estimated Program Cost: $61,320 (tuition and fees for the entire program, 2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; fringe town

University of Toledo

This university is located in Toledo and offers a 27-month master's degree program with a concentration in physician assisting. In 2011, the program received the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Excellence Through Diversity Award. The university also received over one million dollars in federal grants for expanding and improving the program. The clinical component of the program includes 40 weeks spent in clinical rotations. PA students learn about emergency medicine, pediatrics, surgery and more in clinical rotations. An 8-week preceptorship in primary care medicine is also required.

  • Program Offered: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Physician Assistant Concentration)
  • Estimated Program Cost: $6,084 in-state;
    $11,201 out-of-state (tuition only per semester, 2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Physician Assistant Programs Offered Estimated Program Costs
Baldwin Wallace University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Physician Assistant Master of Medical Science $72,000 (total program cost, 2014-2016)*
Cleveland State University 4-year, public; large city Master of Science in Health Sciences (Concentration in Physician Assistant Science) $17,766 in-state;
$33,435 out-of-state (tuition for entire program, 2011-2012)*
Cuyahoga Community College 2-year, public; large city Post-Degree Professional Certificate in Physician Assistant Studies $6,477 in-county;
$8,410 in-state;
$16,728 out-of-state (tuition for entire program, 2011-2012)*
Kettering College 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Master of Physician Assistant Studies $10,590 (tuition and fees per semester, 2013-2014)*
Marietta College 4-year, private not-for-profit; fringe town Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies $71,656 (tuition and fees for the entire program, no date given)*
Ohio Dominican University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies $793 per credit hour (2013-2014)*
The University of Findlay 4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town Master of Physician Assistant $77,829 (tuition and fees for the entire program, 2013-2015)*
University of Mount Union 4-year, private not-for-profit; fringe town Physician Assistant Program $61,320 (tuition and fees for the entire program, 2012-2013)*
University of Toledo 4-year, public; large city Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Physician Assistant Concentration) $6,084 in-state;
$11,201 out-of-state (tuition only per semester, 2012-2013)*

Source: *Schools' websites.

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