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Physician Assistant Studies | Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission are expected to complete their general education and supporting course requirements prior to admission to the professional Physician Assistant Studies program at the Medical University of South Carolina. 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 studies curriculum. The 91 semester-hour prerequisite requirements are as follows:


Semester Hours

English                              6
Mathematics         3
Statistics or Biostatistics3
General Chemistry – includes lab8
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry
Biology – includes lab4
Anatomy – includes lab4
Physiology – includes lab
Microbiology – includes lab 
Medical Terminology
Behavioral Sciences –General Psychology (required), plus six credits of Psychology electives and/or Sociology electives   
Humanities - foreign language, economics, ethics, political science, geography, and speech
Electives – Communication, Computer Science, Epidemiology, and Genetics suggested. Courses must be liberal arts/sciences and not professional or technical in nature.

Information about the course transfer policy among South Carolina colleges and universities may be found at

In concert with current policies and procedures, candidates will be chosen on the basis of (1) prior academic work, (2) GRE scores, (3) recommendations, (4) evaluation of other traits and experiences desirable in future PAs, and (5) personal interview with the Admission Committee. Class selection preference will be given to interviewees with direct patient care experience.

Last Published with Edits:June 2, 2015 12:00 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: June 2015

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