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Application for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
The Physician Assistant is a licensed health professional qualified by specialized academic and clinical education to perform medical tasks traditionally undertaken by physicians, while practicing with the supervision and responsibility of a licensed physician. PAs provide essential diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative, and health maintenance services in both primary and specialty care settings.
Introduced into the American health care system in the mid 1960s, the physician assistant profession was developed to increase access to healthcare in areas that are medically underserved, such as rural and inner city areas. They are cost-effective, productive members of the healthcare team.
The mission of the program leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is to educate highly competent physician assistants who are compassionate, culturally aware, and attuned to the health care needs of the people of SC and beyond. They will:
- provide quality, state-of-the-art, patient-centered health care as integral members of physician-led health care teams;
- contribute to the development of new knowledge to improve physician assistant education and health care;
- advocate for the physician assistant rofession; and
- help meet the health needs of the larger community through education and service.
Prerequisites for admission to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program include; a minimum of 90 (60 specified and 30 elective) transferable semester hours earned at an accredited college or university, competitive GRE scores, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale.
Applicants must have completed 16 or more semester hours of science/math prerequisites at the time of application. All applicants who are admitted will have completed at least 1 interview. The priority (early) admission interviews will be completed in November or early December. Those candidates not selected in the early decision group will automatically be considered during the regular decision process. Deadlines for receipt of a complete application and all credentials are October 1st for early decision and November 13 for regular decision periods. Interviews for the regular decision period are conducted in mid to late January.
Applicants are encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by August 1st.
In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental application materials specific to the program to which they are applying. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, and all materials must be received by the application deadlines listed below. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. All completed forms are due by the applciation deadline.
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