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The only physician assistant studies program in South Carolina is offered by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. MUSC offers a master’s degree in Physician Assisting. USC Upstate offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology tailored to meet the entry requirements of the MUSC Physician Assistant Studies program.
A bachelor’s degree and Graduate Record Exam scores (GRE) are required for admission to MUSC. The minimum required grade point average (GPA) for applicants is 3.0. Admission is based on prerequisite GPA, science GPA, GRE scores, confidential appraisal forms and personal interviews. The average cumulative GPA for recent entering classes was between 3.4 and 3.6.
The MUSC program starts in June and lasts seven semesters (26 months). The first 14 months is devoted to classroom and laboratory work. The second phase is 45 weeks of clinical clerkships.
Applicants for admission are expected to complete their general education and supporting course requirements (completed as part of the Bachelor of Science in Biology) prior to admission to the professional physician assistant curriculum at MUSC. The prerequisite general education requirements not only conform to college-wide degree requirements, but also include those courses deemed essential for preparation for the physician assistant curriculum.
MUSC Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies PrerequisitesMathematics 126 (Precalculus)Mathematics 102 or Psychology 225 (Statistics)Chemistry 111 + Lab (General Chemistry)Chemistry 112 + Lab (General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis)Chemistry 331 (Organic Chemistry)Biology 101 + Lab (Introductory Biology)Biology 232 + Lab (Human Anatomy)Biology 242 + Lab (Human Physiology)Biology 330 + Lab (Microbiology)Medical TerminologyPsychology 101 (General Psychology)Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs)Humanities (12 hrs)English 101 & 102
For more information on physician
assistants see the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Division ChairJeannie Chapman, Ph.D.
Administrative AssistantLisa Miller
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