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 Welcome to the CSU PA Program!

This is an exciting time to consider being a part of the Physician Assistant (PA) profession as PAs work to increase access to quality and affordable care for all patients. PAs are advanced practice providers who are trained to obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose illnesses and prescribe medications. The PA Program at CSU is committed to training PAs who will be a part of transforming healthcare in the future through a patient-centered and team-based approach, which is demonstrated in our mission statement:

The mission of the CSU 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. 

The university just opened a state of the art Health Science Building, which will house the PA Program.  This building includes a cadaver lab, a simulation lab, a dry skills lab, debriefing rooms, exam rooms, lecture space and a computer lab for the program.  The building will also house 3 high fidelity simulators, a 3D cadaver table, and all of the latest medical technology for training. The curriculum for the program is designed to train and prepare students to work in all areas of healthcare over the course of 24 months.

Thank you again for your interest in the PA Program at CSU.  For additional information, please contact us at or (843) 863-7427.

Gabrielle PooleSincerely,
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Gabrielle Poole PA-C
Founding Program Director 




Accreditation Statement:

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 Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


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