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Physician Assistant Program


Advanced Placement

Advanced placement is defined as a waiver of required coursework in the program curriculum.  The CSU PA Program does not accept any advanced placement under any circumstances and no course waivers will be provided for pre-admission experiential learning or credit transfers from another university in lieu of completing the required curriculum.  The program's curriculum presents all of the medical and clinical science content that students are expected to acquire in order to achieve the PA Program’s Student Learning Outcomes. Each student must attend the program full-time and complete mandatory course requirements. 

Student Employment

The Charleston Southern University PA Program does not allow students to work for the PA Program in a paid or volunteer capacity under any circumstances.

The PA Program does not allow students to substitute for or function as instructional faculty regardless of the prior knowledge, education or experiences the students have.  Students are not to be the primary instructor or instructor of record for any component of the curriculum under any circumstances.

During clinical rotations, students will not be used to substitute for regular clinical or administrative staff under any circumstances. If a student is asked to substitute for a staff person on a rotation, he or she must contact the Director of Clinical Education.  Information collected will be presented to the Curriculum Committee to determine the suitability of continued use of the preceptor. The Curriculum Committee may consider the following actions: conducting a site visit prior to the next student experience with the preceptor, conducting a site visit in conjunction with the next student placement, telephone contact with the preceptor, or removal of the preceptor from program use. Assignment of preceptors will be modified as necessary to ensure the expected learning outcomes will be met by each student by program completion.

The PA Program strongly discourages any form of employment while enrolled as a PA student.  This intensive graduate-level training requires full-time attendance during both the didactic and clinical years.  Outside work obligations will not be considered an acceptable excuse for poor performance or absence from any scheduled course activities.



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