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Physician Assistant Program

PRogram Overview

Charleston Southern University is developing a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MMSPAS) Program.  The program will consist of didactic and clinical academic work over the course of 24 months or 6 continuous semesters.  Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for physician assistants through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and will be able to apply for licensure through the Board of Medical Examiners in the state in which they wish to practice medicine.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Charleston Southern University Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is to educate compassionate and highly motivated individuals in a Christian environment who excel in providing patient-centered care, practicing as an inter-professional team, serving as leaders in their communities, and advancing the PA profession.  

Program Goals 

  • Recruit diverse and highly-capable students to the program.
  • Deliver an outstanding curriculum that prepares students to provide patient-centered medical care upon graduation.
  • Foster a healthy and supportive Christian learning environment that prepares students appropriately to transition from student to clinician.
  • Engage faculty and students in opportunities for service, leadership, and scholarly activities in the school, our community and the profession.



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