The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Charleston Southern University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Charleston Southern University.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
The Physician Assistant Program at Charleston Southern University is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
We have currently scheduled interest meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 PM for the following dates in 2018:
For questions about these meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting with you!
We are looking for well-rounded applicants who will help us achieve our mission statement as a program. Please see the Prospective Student Qualities section of our website on our Prospective Student page for more information.
CSU is a private institution, and we do not distinguish between in-state and out-of-state applicants.
We use a rolling admissions process, so applying earlier will allow you to be considered for an earlier interview date. With this approach, it is possible for the program to fill all available seats prior to the September 1st application deadline. Once the cohort is full, remaining applicants will be evaluated for an alternate list.
We do not have a supplemental application or additional fee to apply to the program.
A bachelor’s degree must be completed from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent from a foreign institution, but we do not require a specific major. Students who meet the application requirements are able to apply to the program.
CSU uses CASPA calculations and takes into consideration cumulative, science and prerequisite GPAs. To better understand how these are calculated, we recommend reaching out to CASPA.
Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements (calculation based on CASPA applicaiton) to be considered for the program.
We do not favor one over the other. We want our applicants to have adequate exposure to healthcare and to the profession prior to the start of the program. We have created a specific list of acceptable forms of direct patient care hours on our website.
Be sure to view our acceptable patient health care experience on the Application Requirements page of our website. When tracking your hours we recommend recording location, supervisor, contact information, your position and a short description and the number of hours you completed at each location.
Applicants may apply with two (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. However, applicants must have all direct patient care hours complete at the time they submit their application.
We have excellent faculty, a new state of the art Health Science Building, and a very well-organized curriculum plan. The didactic year is organized to deliver curriculum by each major organ system in sequence. The curriculum will be taught through various platforms such as lectures, small groups, problem-based learning, high fidelity simulation and practical hands-on training.
The majority of our clinical sites will be located in and around the Charleston area. However, students may be required to attend rotations at a site outside of the Charleston area and will be responsible for all expenses related to such assignments.
If a student wishes to establish a new clinical site for the program, he or she can request up to two new clinical sites. However, the student is not guaranteed to be placed at the requested sites.
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