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Physician Assistant Program

Frequently asked questions


Is the Physician Assistant Program at CSU Accredited?

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Charleston Southern University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Charleston Southern University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

The Physician Assistant Program at Charleston Southern University is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Are there any scheduled interest meeting?

We have currently scheduled interest meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 PM for the following dates in 2018: 

  • Thursday, October 18th

 For questions about these meeting, please email We look forward to meeting with you! 


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 Prospective Student Qualities section of our website on our Prospective Student 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.


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 applicaiton) to be considered for the program.


Is it better for me to shadow or have paid health care experience?

We do not favor one over the other.  We want our applicants to have adequate exposure to healthcare and to the profession prior to the start of the program. We have created a specific list of acceptable forms of direct patient care hours on our website.


How should I keep track of my patient health care experience?

Be sure to view our acceptable patient health care 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 University by October 1st 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 fulfil 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 Masters of 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. 


Questions regarding CASPA?

Please contact their customer service department at 617-612-2080 or 


If you have any further questions, please contact the PA Program at

843-863-7427 or




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