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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. 

A state of the art Health Science Building is currently under construction at the front of our campus, which will house the PA Program.  This building is set to open in December 2017 and will include a cadaver lab, a simulation lab, a dry skills lab, debriefing rooms, exam rooms, lecture space and a computer lab for the program. The curriculum for the program is designed to train and prepare students to work in all areas of healthcare, and the program plans to enroll 25 students for its first cohort.

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 Physician Assistant Program at Charleston Southern University has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The PA Program at Charleston Southern anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2018, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2017 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.

In the event that ARC-PA withholds accreditation, the Charleston Southern University PA Program will not admit students in January 2018. The University will provide a refund to those individuals accepted to the program who paid their program deposit. CASPA application fees cannot be refunded to applicants by the CSU PA Program or by CASPA.

The Physician Assistant Program at Charleston Southern University is also pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 


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