OAPA is a full time advocate and supporter of both aspiring and practicing PAs in Ohio.   Students are the future of our profession, so we work hard to insure that OAPA student memberships help aspiring PAs accelerate their careers and ultimately achieve their career ambitions.
How do we support student members of the association?  We host an annual student conference whose content is focused on helping students transition from their academic environment to their ultimate field of practice.  We offer a mentoring program that provides one-on-one interaction with practicing PAs in a wide range of disciplines.  And we even offer scholarships based on academic achievement, community involvement and leadership qualities.

The association is active in improving PA practice in Ohio through legislative advocacy, offering continuing education for PAs, providing public education on the profession and building relationships with physician organizations.  All this to make sure that the PA profession in Ohio is thriving and ready for you.

OAPA values student input and to that end ou are invited to contribute to all association activities.  Early involvement benefits you and OAPA. 

Not an OAPA student member?  Dues for 1st year students are free for one year and dues for 2nd year students are $25 for two years - your last year in school and first year in practice.  Student members receive a reduced or free registration to the student conference and are eligible for a mentor and to apply for scholarships.  Join OAPA Today!


Student Professional Development Conference

OAPA will not hold a student conference in 2013. 

2012 Student Conference Session Slides:

Pediatric Cardiology Patient - Kristen Breedlove, PA-C

PA Formulary Review - James Fry, PA-C

Contracts and Negotiations - Dan Goodrich, PA-C

Licensure and Prescriptive Authority - Josanne Pagel, PA-C

Prepraing for Clinicals - Millie Roach, PA-C

What Pharmacists Expect from You - Joe Sabino, RPh

Technology in Clinical Practice - Jeb Sheidler, PA-C

Ohio State Medical Board - Richard Whitehouse, Esq.

The University of Mount Union team won the 2012 Challenge Bowl.



OAPA will find a mentor for students and recent grads.  You must be a current member of OAPA.  Mentors can be assigned by region, specialty or specialty within a region.

Contact the OAPA office at to be assigned a mentor.



2013 General Scholarship Recipients

Natalie Lammers - Findlay University
Christopher Rupprecht - Tri-C/CSU
Nada Salem - Tri-C/CSU
Michael Schetter - Findlay University

2013 Diversity Scholarship Recipient:

Paula Purpera - Tri-C/CSU

Scholarship Applications

2014 Scholarship Applications

OAPA will award multiple General and Diversity Scholarships and one Leadership Scholarship.  Applicants must be a member of OAPA and AAPA for a minimum of 3 months prior to applying.

Deadline for all applications is August 29, 2014.

General Scholarship Application

Diversity Scholarship Application

Past Presidents Leadership Scholarship Application

Program Director Attestation



Mentoring Program

If you would like to have a mentor, please contact the OAPA office at