The only physician assistant degree program in the state is
offered by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.
MUSC offers a master's degree in Physician Assistant. USC Upstate offers a
Bachelor of Science degree in Biology tailored to meet the entry requirements
of the MUSC Physician Assistant program.
MUSC General Admission Requirements and Information:
A bachelor's degree and Graduate Record Exam scores (GRE) are required for
admission to MUSC. The minimum required grade point average for
applicants is 3.0. Note, however, that admission to the program is extremely
competitive. Selection is based on prerequisite GPA, science GPA, GRE scores,
confidential appraisal forms (e.g., health care experience, advanced course
work, community service), and personal interviews. The average cumulative GPA
for a recent entering class was between 3.4 and 3.6.
apply to MUSC in the fall and have their application file (transcripts,
references, etc.) completed by December 1.
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
Please visit the MUSC
website for additional details.
Course Requirements (completed as part of the Bachelor of Science in
Statistics (Math 102
or Psychology 225)
Chemistry 111+112 (General Chemistry)
331 (Organic Chemistry)
Biology 318 (Comparative
Anatomy), 360 (Comparative Physiology), 330 (Microbiology)
Two other social science courses (Psychology 302 and Sociology 101
Four Humanities courses (from at least two of the following
areas) fine arts, foreign language, literature, philosophy, speech,
Computer Science 138, natural
sciences, social sciences, humanities
For more information on physician
assistants see the Bureau of Labor