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Physician Assistant Program



Centralized Application Service for PAs (CASPA)

The Charleston Southern University Physician Assistant Program utilizes the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for application processing. 

  • All applications and supporting documents must be submitted directly to CASPA.
  • We will only consider verified CASPA applications, so please ensure that you submit your application before the deadline.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm that all application materials have been submitted to and received by CASPA. The PA Program and University are not responsible for notifying applicants of incomplete applications.
  • All required materials must be received by the specified deadlines. No exceptions will be made. 
  • Applicants may apply with 2 remaining prerequisites provided they complete each with a B (3.0) or higher before September 1st. Official transcripts must be received at University by October 1st  or a selected candidate will relinquish their seat.

CSU's Application Opens: April 26, 2018

CSU's Application Deadline: September 1, 2018

Baccalaureate Degree with Official Transcripts

  • A bachelor’s degree must be completed from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • All official transcripts must be received by CASPA for the application to be considered complete. 
  • The degree can be from any field of study, provided that all prerequisite coursework requirements are met.
  • Transcripts sent directly to the University will not be accepted.

Minimum Grade Point Averages (GPA)

  • The minimum requirement for both cumulative GPA and science GPA is 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). 
  • CSU follows CASPA GPA calculation and coursework reporting policies.
  • Please see CASPA website for detailed information on course grade reporting and GPA calculations. 

Graduate Records Exam (GRE) - Code 2179

  • The GRE is required for all applicants applying to the program.
  • There is no minimum score requirement for the GRE.
  • No other test scores will be accepted in place of the GRE.   
  • The GRE must be taken after April 1, 2013.
  • Scores are to be submitted through CASPA. GRE scores submitted directly to the University will not be accepted.
  • GRE Code is 2179.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Applicants may apply with 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 University by October 1st or a selected candidate will relinquish their seat.
  • Prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the past seven (7) years at a two-year or four-year regionally accredited institution.   
  • All prerequisite coursework must be awarded a letter or numeric grade and completed with a grade of “C” or higher. “C-“ or 1.7 on CASPA 4.0 GPA scale will not be accepted, with the exception of work in progress classes as noted above. 
  • Survey courses, introductory courses, advanced placement (AP) credit, CLEP, exam credits, competency testing or work experience are not acceptable to satisfy prerequisite requirements. 
  • The program will accept online labs to satisfy prerequisite requirements for admission.
 Required Coursework  Minimum Hours Course Information 
Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture with Lab 8
  • The courses must be equal to 8 semester credit hours of lecture and lab. A&P lecture courses without corresponding labs are not acceptable.
  • The A&P courses are to be “human” and other A&P coursework will not meet prerequisite requirements.
  • One course of anatomy and one course of physiology will be acceptable. 
Microbiology Lecture with Lab 4


Organic Chemistry with Lab OR Biochemistry Lecture with Lab 4  
Upper Level Biology, Chemistry, or Physics Courses 6
  • Upper level courses are considered 300- or 400-level courses and may be designated by the university as “UL” or “U.”
  • Suggested courses include: 
  • Genetics
  • Embryology
  • Immunology
  • Histology
  • Molecular or Cellular Biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Hematology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biochemistry (This can only be used once)
  • Kinesiology
Statistics 3
  • Introductory statistics courses are acceptable. 
  • Approved courses include :
      • General Statistics
      • Behavioral Statistics 
      • Biostatistics 
 Medical Terminology 1
  • A certificate of completion is not acceptable. 
  • College credit hour(s) MUST be received upon completion of the course.
  • Pass/fail grading is only acceptable this course.   

Total Prerequisite Hours   



To view the approved Charleston Southern University prerequisite courses, click here. If you are interested in taking prerequisite courses at CSU please contact our Enrollment Services Office at 843-863-7050. 

Health Care Experience

  • A minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience is required at the time of application submission.  
  • Acceptable forms of patient care experience: 
    • Acupuncturist
    • Athletic Trainer
    • Certified Physical/Occupational Therapist
    • Chiropractor
    • Clinical Specialist
    • Corpsman
    • Dental Hygienist/Assisting
    • Dietician
    • Emergency Medical Technician
    • Laboratory Technician
    • Massage Therapist
    • Medical Assistant
    • Medical Interpreter
    • Medical Research Assistant
    • Military Medic
    • Nursing (CNA, LPN, RN, MSN)
    • Paramedic
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Phlebotomist
    • PT/OT Assistant
    • Radiological Technician
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Scribe
    • Shadowing of Medical Provider (PA, NP, MD or DO)
    • Surgical Technician
  • Unacceptable forms of patient care experience include:
    • Administrator or Business Manager for Physician’s Office
    • Aesthetician
    • Fitness Trainer
    • Inpatient Patient Transport or Orderly
    • Life Guard
    • Medical Transcriptionist
    • Nanny or Babysitter
    • Receptionist for Physician's Office
    • Vetinarian Assistant

Foreign Applications

  • A bachelor’s degree must be completed from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • CSU requires that all official transcripts be submitted, including foreign, study abroad and overseas US transcripts. 
  • All foreign transcripts are to be submitted to a U.S.-based evaluation service for a U.S. equivalency report. The equivalency report will then need to be submitted directly to CASPA from the evaluation service. Please reference the CASPA website for a list of suggested evaluation services and detailed instructions on how to submit study abroad, US overseas and foreign transcripts.
  • The program requires international applicants or those who have foreign transcripts to complete the 26 semester prerequisite credit hours at a regionally accredited U.S. institution prior to applying to the program.
  • Transcripts sent directly to the University will not be accepted. 
  • Additionally, the Test of English as a Foreign Language must be taken by those whose native language is not English. Please note the score requirement is different than the University's Graduate School requirement.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

For international applicants whose native language is not English, TOEFL scores are required. Only the internet-based testing is accepted and must be submitted through CASPA. A minimum total score of 94 on the exam and minimum scores on the following sections are required: 

Reading:         22
Listening:        22
Speaking:        26
Writing:           24
Total:              94


If you have specific questions about applying to the PA Program as an international student, please contact CSU's International Student Enrollment Counselor for more information at

Recommendation Letters

  • Three letters of recommendation are required for the application to be considered complete. 
  • Letters that the applicant has waived the right to review the letter will be more favorably considered. 
  • Two letters must be from a healthcare setting and one of these must include a medical provider (PA, NP, MD, DO).
  • Letters cannot be from a family member or friend.
  • We recommend that you choose references that have known you in a professional setting for at least six months.    

On-Campus Interview

  • Interview invitations are extended to the most competitive applicants for admissions.
  • Applicants who are invited for the interview portion of the selection process must participate in the on-campus interview to be considered for a position in the program.
  • Due to the nature of the interviews, we are not able to accommodate other forms of distance communication.
  • Interviewees will be notified of their status within one month of the interview. The decision will be one of the following: accepted to the program, placed on the waitlist or declined.
  • The program uses a rolling admissions process and with this approach, it is possible for the program to fill all available seats prior to September 1st application deadline.

Updated on 10/6/2017


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