Program Spotlight: Pacific University


Location:  Hillsboro, Oregon

Number of students:  54

Application Cycle:  April - September 1st through CASPA with supplemental app; non-rolling

Interview dates:  October, November, December

Start date:  May

Length of Program:  27 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  Minimum 1,000 hrs direct patient care

GPA:  CASPA Science (biology, chemistry, physics) and last 45 hours must be >3.0

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Option to participate in free clinics, international rotations
  • Special program for students from Hawaii - Must have a desire to return to practice in Hawaii.  Didactic year will be completed in Oregon, and then clinical preference will be given for Hawaii locations.  
  • Rural Health Care Track - Option to apply while in school for more specialized training for working in rural health
  • Veterans Outreach Initiative - Top 7 veteran applicants will be given interviews for the program.  
  • Prerequisites must be completed by December of the year before you graduate.  
  • Bachelor's Degree Completion Option - If you do not have a Bachelor's degree and are accepted, you may get a degree from Pacific University after your first year if you qualify.  
  • No GRE requirement
  • A&P must be done within 7 years

Program Link:  Pacific University PA Program Website

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