PA Program Tuition
|Total Program Tuition ($15,500 each semester for 6 semesters)||
Additional Estimated Costs Associated with the Program
|Background Check & Urine Drug Screen||$300|
|Text Books & Miscellaneous Resources||$1,000|
|Diagnostic Medical Equipment & Lab Coat||$1000|
|Training & Certifications||$600|
Estimated Living and Transportation Expenses Per Semester
|Housing & Food||$4,150|
|Miscellaneous Living Expenses||$950|
General & Miscellaneous University Fees
|Late Graduation Request Fee||$25|
|Graduation Reapplication Fee||$25|
|CSU Student I.D. Card Replacement Fee||$10|
|Vehicle Permit Fee (September 1 - August 31)||$15|
Student Responsible for Estimating Costs
|Medical Health Insurance (required)|
Note: Tuition charges and fees are subject to change, pending Board of Trustees' approval.
Tuition refunds are made as follows:
Refund Timeline Per Semester
|Before Classes Begin||100%|
|During 1st Week*||100%|
|During 2nd Week||25%|
|After 2nd Week||0%|
*Prior to the end of the drop/add period
Background Check & Urine Drug Screen:
All students are required to complete a background check and urine drug screen prior to matriculation and prior to the clinical year. The PA Program uses a secure outside company to track progress of completion for various requirements before the student can enroll in the program.
A $1000 non-refundable payment to the CSU Office of Enrollment Services (OES) is required to reserve the seat in the Program at the time the offer is accepted
Textbooks & Miscellaneous Resources:
Many textbooks required for the program will be available online through Access Medicine and at no charge to enrolled students. Access Medicine, UpToDate, PubMed, and Medline will be available online electronic medical resources to students enrolled in the PA Program. Information regarding these resources will be provided at orientation.
The estimation above includes textbooks and resources not available through our online electronic medical resources. Each student will be required to purchase textbooks for the Program if they are not offered through the above mentioned resources. Most of these resources will need to be purchased at the onset of the program and will be used throughout the duration of the program. Students can choose to purchase a hard copy of any textbook utilized in our online resources as well but should note the cost of these is not included in the above estimate.
Each student will be required to maintain a functional laptop computer through the duration of the Program. This will need to be purchased at the onset of the program and used throughout the duration of the program.
Medical Equipment and White Coats:
Students will also be required to purchase diagnostic set, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer (BP cuff), tuning forks, reflex hammer, pocket eye chart, tape measure, wrist watch with second hand, EKG caliper, and pen light at the start of Unit 2. We do not recommend purchasing these prior to the start of the Program.
Students will be responsible for purchasing a white coat at the start of Unit 5. This coat will be selected by the program. The approximate cost of the white coat will be $100.
Training & Certifications:
Students are required to receive specific necessary training and certification to participate in their supervised clinical practices experiences. This includes but is not limited to ACLS/BLS, HIPPA and OSHA Certification. Each student account will also be charged annually to cover the cost of their liability insurance during the program. This cost runs approximately $20 per year.
Membership into the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (one-time fee of $25) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (one-time fee of $75) is strongly encouraged.
Students may choose to attend PA conferences during their didactic or clinical years. Students will be responsible for travel, conference registration fees, lodging, and meals during the conference.
Living, Transportation, and Travel Expenses:
Students are responsible for arranging their own housing accommodations, transportation, and any expenses associated with travel to and from campus, to and from clinical rotation experiences and travel expenses for conferences.
Students may be required to attend rotations at sites outside of the Charleston area and will be responsible for all expenses related to such assignments. Students are responsible for arranging lodging for all out-of-town rotations and all expenses associated with housing, meals, transportation and parking.
Medical Health Insurance:
All Physician Assistant students are required to have adequate health insurance coverage throughout the program. It is the responsibility of the student to adequately research the cost of insurance while in the program as Charleston Southern University does not provide health insurance for students. Students must furnish evidence of having the insurance prior to enrollment and must provide documentation of continued enrollment at the beginning of each academic year. Students are required to sign a statement indicating their understanding of maintaining the personal health insurance at all times and failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program. Students are personally liable for all health/medical costs incurred while attending the university.
The information provided here is designed for our class that begins January 2019.
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