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Physician Assistant Program

TUITION & Expenses

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
Laptop Computer $1,500
Diagnostic Medical Equipment & Lab Coat $1000
Training & Certifications $600
Memberships $100
Professional Development $1,500

Estimated Living and Transportation Expenses Per Semester

Housing & Food $4,150
Miscellaneous Living Expenses $950
Transportation Expenses $1,000

General & Miscellaneous University Fees

Graduation Fee $115
Late Graduation Request Fee $25
Graduation Reapplication Fee $25
Transcript Fee $5
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.        


  • 100% of semester tuition and fees are due at the beginning of the semester. 
  • Fees paid directly to the University are nonrefundable.

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

Explanation of Costs & Other Requirements:

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. 

Enrollment Deposit:
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:
Each student will be required to purchase textbooks for the Program if they are not offered through our online medical resource that will be available for each student throughout the duration of the Program. Most of these resources will need to be purchased at the onset of the program and used throughout the duration of the program.

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.

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.

Professional Development:
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.


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