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!

Nominations Open!

2016 Student Representative Elect

The OAPA Student Representative Elect is a non-voting position on the Board of Directors and will move to the voting Student Representative position the following year. The Student Representative Elect term will be from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 then moving to the Student Representative term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Each Ohio PA program will designate a delegate that will vote for the Student Representative Elect. The delegates will only see the essays and will not know the name of the nominee. All references to a specific PA program will be removed prior to review by the delegates.

Please return completed nomination form to the OAPA executive director and current OAPA BOD student Representative Elect, respectively at and by the deadline of Friday, April 1, 2016. You will be notified of the results by the end of April.

Nomination Form


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.



2015 Scholarships

OAPA awarded five student scholarships during the membership meeting at the 2015 Annual Conference.

There were three categories: General Scholarships, Past Presidents Leadership Scholarships and Diversity Scholarship.

The General Scholarships were selected from students who submitted applications outlining why they chose the PA profession, what their future plans are as a PA and what interests and activities they have outside the classroom.

Congratulations to the 2015 General Scholarship recipients:

Melissa Culver and Coady DiRutigliano with Student Affairs Chair Kristin Homoki.

General - Culver      General - DiRutigliano

Melissa Culver
Coady DiRutigliano
Absent: Kathleen Dolphin

The Past Presidents Leadership Scholarship is awarded by the OAPA Past Presidents Council. Applicants possess the characteristics of what the Council envisions in a future leader within the profession and have vision and a high degree of faith and confidence in themselves to attain these visions. They are to become the spokesperson of the profession. They are self-motivated and able to communicate to their peers their expectations.

Congratulations to the Past President Leadership Scholarship recipient:

Elizabeth Robinson with OAPA Vice President JP Thompson

Leadership - Robinson

Elizabeth Robinson

The Diversity Scholarship is awarded by the OAPA Diversity Committee. Diversity in healthcare is becoming increasingly recognized an essential component of delivering quality, patient centered care. A personalized approach to patient care encounters can significantly improve health outcomes, and by recognizing the diverse qualities of medical providers and the individuals they care for.  Diversity Scholarship is in response to these goals.

Congratulations to the Diversity Scholarship recipient:

Jennifer Brantingham with Student Affairs Chair Kristin Homoki.

Diversity - Brantingham

Jennifer Brantingham

 Annual Conference Poster Session

For the first time, a Poster Session was offered at the 2015 Annual Conference. Alex Bittner submitted a poster and was asked to display it at the conference.  Alex was a student at Mt. Union when he developed the poster.

Poster Bittner

 Poster Session Chair, Melissa Bowlby and Alex Bittner

Poster Abstract



Scholarship Applications

 2016 Scholarships

Applications will be available in July 2016.

Mentoring Program

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