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.
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
- 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
Graduate Records Exam (GRE) - Code 2179
- The GRE is required for all applicants applying to the program.
- 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.
- 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
|Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture with Lab
- 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
- One course of anatomy and one course of physiology will be acceptable.
|Microbiology Lecture with Lab
|Organic Chemistry OR Biochemistry Lecture with Lab
|Upper Level Biology, Chemistry, or Physics Courses
- Upper level courses are considered 300- or 400-level courses and may be designated
by the university as “UL” or “U.”
- Suggested courses include:
- Molecular or Cellular Biology
- Exercise Physiology
- Biochemistry (This can only be used once)
- Approved courses include:
- General Statistics
- Behavioral Statistics
| Medical Terminology
- 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
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:
- Shadowing of Medical Provider (PA, NP, MD or DO)
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Military Medic
- Clinical Specialist
- Surgical Technician
- Radiological Technician
- Laboratory Technician
- Athletic Trainer
- Nursing (CNA, LPN, RN, MSN)
- Medical Assistant
- Certified Physical/Occupational Therapist
- PT/OT Assistant
- Medical Interpreter
- Pharmacy Technician
- Respiratory Therapist
- Massage Therapist
- Dental Hygienist/Assisting
- Medical Research Assistant
- Unacceptable forms of patient care experience include:
- Veterinarian Assistant
- Receptionist for Physician's Office
- Administrator or Business Manager for Physician’s Office
- Inpatient Patient Transport or Orderly
- Fitness Trainer
- Medical Transcriptionist
- Nanny or Babysitter
- 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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Three letters of recommendation are required for the application to be considered
- Letters that the applicant has waived the right to review the letter will be more
- 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.
- 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
- 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