University of South Carolina School of Medicine PA Program Mission Statement

The USC School of Medicine –Columbia Masters in Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program strives to produce highly competent, compassionate physician assistants who are committed to lifelong learning and advancing the PA profession. The program is dedicated to producing physician assistants who deliver high-quality, patient-centered care, excel as members of an interprofessional health care team, while making significant contributions to the health care needs of South Carolina and the nation.

PA PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Accreditation Status: Developing- Non Accredited
Campus: Columbia, SC
Degrees Offered: Masters
Distance & Online Learning: None
Bachelor Degree: Required
Class Duration: 27 months
Class Capacity: 20 students
On-Campus Housing: Not available
Decision Criteria: Academic scores; Emotional intelligence; Understanding of PA profession, personal interview, personal statement
Seat Deposit: $0
Supplemental Application: Yes
International Students: No
TOEFL: Required (if english is not your first language)
Recommendation letters: 3

CASPA

CASPA Participant? Yes
Application Deadline October

TUITION

Resident $110,472
Nonresident $150,267

GPA

Overall GPA No minimum
Prerequisite GPA No minimum
Science GPA No minimum

GRE

REQUIRED
Applicants must take the GRE within 5 years of application to the program. The GRE can be taken several times.
A score of 300 or greater is considered competitive but is not an absolute requirement for admission. 

EXPERIENCE

REQUIRED
Required: 500 hour minimum

Acceptable forms of clinical experience include:

  • Shadowing of PA, NP, MD/DO
  • Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic
  • Military Medic/Clinical Specialist
  • Corpsman
  • Surgical Technician
  • Radiological Technician
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician with phlebotomy experience
  • Phlebotomist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Scribe
  • Nursing (CNA, LPN, RN, CMA)
  • Certified Physical/Occupational Therapist
  • PT/OT Assistant
  • Home health with verification of job duties
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Dietician
  • Pharmacy Technician

Unacceptable forms of clinical experience include:

  • Veterinarian Assistant
  • Receptionist for Physician’s Office
  • Administrator or Business Manager for Physician’s Office
  • Massage Therapist
  • Chiropractic
  • Acupuncture
  • Aesthetician
  • Dental Hygienist/Assisting
  • Inpatient Patient Transport/Orderly
  • Health Fitness Specialist

PART TIME OPTION

NO

WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA

For a complete list of the Physician Assistant Program details and requirements please visit the official PA program website.

PA Program Website

Address

Our Address:

Physician Assistant Studies Program School of Medicine University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208

Telephone:
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