Physician Assistant Studies Program
Health Science Building
9200 University Blvd., Charleston, SC 29406
- Are there any scheduled interest meetings?
The program has completed all interest meetings for this application cycle. Please reach out to our Admissions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
- Pre-PA Advising Meetings
This meeting will be specific to you as a student/applicant preparing to apply to CSU’s PA program. We can discuss your GPA, course requirements, patient care experience, other contributing factors to the application.
- Only schedule a time if you are a Jr/Sr in college OR planning to apply to PA school in the next 2 years
- This meeting does not give you extra credit for your application. We will still score all applications on the same plane
- Does the PA program offer tours?
Our PA program offers tours from October-April
while the application cycle is closed. If you would like to schedule a tour, please contact us at email@example.com.
If you cannot make it out to our campus for an in-person tour, check out our virtual tour, health science building walk-through video.
- Is the Physician Assistant Program at CSU Accredited?
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Charleston Southern University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Charleston Southern University.
Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the standards.
The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2032. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.
- What could one do to make their application more “memorable” than the next?
We are looking for well-rounded applicants who will help us achieve our mission statement as a program. Please see the Selection Process section of our website on our Application page for more information.
- Does in-state or out-of-state residency play a role in considering acceptance?
CSU is a private institution, and we do not distinguish between in-state and out-of-state applicants.
- What are your application dates?
CSU’s CASPA application opens in April 27, 2023. The application closes on September 1, 2023 and all information must be submitted and verified by CASPA by that date in order for the application to be reviewed.
- Is there an advantage to applying early?
We use a rolling admissions process, so applying earlier will allow you to be considered for an earlier interview date. With this approach, it is possible for the program to fill all available seats prior to the September 1st application deadline. Once the cohort is full, remaining applicants will be evaluated for an alternate list.
- Does CSU have a supplemental application or additional application fee?
We do not have a supplemental application or additional fee to apply to the program.
- Do I have to have a biology or other science degree to apply for the program?
A bachelor’s degree must be completed from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent from a foreign institution, but we do not require a specific major. Students who meet the application requirements are able to apply to the program.
- How does the program calculate GPAs?
CSU uses CASPA calculations and takes into consideration cumulative, science and prerequisite GPAs. To better understand how these are calculated, we recommend reaching out to CASPA.
- Will an applicant be considered if they do not meet the GPA requirements?
Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements (calculation based on CASPA application) to be considered for the program.
- Is it better for me to shadow or have paid health care experience?
Be sure to view our acceptable patient healthcare experience on the Application Requirements page of our website. When tracking your hours we recommend recording location, supervisor, contact information, your position and a short description and the number of hours you completed at each location.
- May I apply and interview even though I lack a few of the program requirements for admissions?
Applicants may apply with two (2) work in progress prerequisites provided they complete each with a B (3.0) or higher before September 1st. Official transcripts must be received at Charleston Southern University by October 1 or a selected candidate will relinquish their seat. However, applicants must have all direct patient care hours complete at the time they submit their application.
- What if I do not meet the prerequisite requirements of the program?
If you do not meet the prerequisite requirements for the PA Program at Charleston Southern University, please consider looking into taking additional courses to boost your GPA and fulfill your prerequisite course requirements. We would encourage you to consider looking at other graduate level programs to strengthen your application. Charleston Southern offers a variety of graduate level programs, such as the Master of Science in biology program. For additional information about this program please click here.
- What is unique about your curriculum or education process?
We have excellent faculty, a new state-of-the-art Health Science Building, and a very well-organized curriculum plan. The didactic year is organized to deliver curriculum by each major organ system in sequence. The curriculum will be taught through various platforms such as lectures, small groups, problem-based learning, high fidelity simulation and practical hands-on training.
- Where will clinical rotations occur for students?
The majority of our clinical sites will be located in and around the Charleston area. However, students may be required to attend rotations at a site outside of the Charleston area and will be responsible for all expenses related to such assignments.
If a student wishes to establish a new clinical site for the program, he or she can request up to two new clinical sites. However, the student is not guaranteed to be placed at the requested sites.
- Do you require the GRE or any standardized test?
Our program has made the decision to move away from the GRE and any other standardized test at this point. You will not need to submit any testing scores along with your application.
Questions regarding CASPA?
Please contact their customer service department at 617-612-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any further questions, please contact the PA Program at 843-863-7427 or email@example.com.