About the Program
Physician Assistants play a critical role delivering high-quality, affordable healthcare and more than ever before, are needed to meet the needs of our nation and the world. The MUSC Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program is the perfect place to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to prepare you to practice in this exciting, ever evolving profession. We offer a Master of Science degree for individuals seeking to become physician assistants.
The PAS program begins at the end of May and lasts for seven semesters which is approximately twenty-seven months in duration. The first four semesters, which comprise the fifteen month didactic portion of the program, are devoted to classroom study. Students reside in Charleston taking courses five days a week during this time which does not include online courses.
During the last three semesters, which comprise the twelve month clinical year, students complete nine individual clinical rotations at sites predominately located throughout South Carolina. The clinical rotations include internal medicine, family medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, mental health, emergency medicine, general surgery, and an adjunct clinical experience as well as an elective of the student’s choosing.
Students are highly discouraged from being employed while in the PAS program. Students may choose to work part-time (starting after their first semester) as a work-study student through MUSC's Financial Aid Office. Scholarships may also be available to currently enrolled students which are publicized by the Office of Student Life each semester.
The Physician Assistant Studies program assesses its success through the accomplishments of our students and alumni. In order to ensure its success, the program strives to:
- Be fully compliant with all standards established by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA);
- Enroll competitive applicants representing the rich diversity of the populations of South Carolina and the nation;
- Educate physician assistants with the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide quality healthcare;
- Graduate students who are highly satisfied with the quality of their education, the state of their professional development, and their overall capability to function as a physician assistant.