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University of South Alabama

Mobile,
AL
Information Last Reviewed by PreHealthAdmit: January 2023
HAHN 3124
5721 USA Drive North
Mobile,
AL
36688

Program Website:

Admissions Office Email:

pastudies@southalabama.edu
251-445-9334

Program Information

Length of Program:

27 Months

Part-Time Option Available:  

No

Starting Semester: 

Summer

Accreditation:

Continued

Students per Class:

60

PANCE First-Time Pass Rate: 

82%

Cost of Attendance (Resident / Non-Resident): 

$114,986 / $192,184   Includes living expenses.

Combined Degree Program(s) Offered: 

None

Admissions Information

Application:

Participates in CASPA:

Yes

Application Deadline:

October 1
(Non-Rolling Admission)

GPA:

Minimum GPA:   

3

Minimum Science GPA:

3

Average GPA: 

3.65

Average Science GPA:   

3.60

Other GPA Requirements: 

3.0 minimum for last 60 hours of coursework

Shadowing and Experience:

PA Shadowing Required or Recommended:

Not Mentioned

Minimum PA Shadowing: 

None

Patient Care Experience Required:

100 Hours

Patient Care Experience Recommended: 

No Specific Recommendation

Additional Information Regarding Patient Care:

The current minimum requirement of 500 hours for direct patient care has been reduced to 100 hours for the 2022 admissions cycle. Paid or volunteer work will be accepted. Hours credited as part of a training, educational, or internship program, with patient contact, will be considered as part of those hours. PA/Physician Shadowing does not count towards these hours.

Testing

Test(s) Required:

GRE Required

GRE Deadline:

October 1

GRE Expiration:

5
Year(s)

PA-CAT Deadline:

Not Applicable

CASPer Required:

No

CASPer Deadline:

Not Applicable

This school only accepts applications that meet the minimum required GRE score, on one test date, of Quantitative 145, Verbal 145, completion of Analytical Writing (no minimum required score).

Coursework Policies

Coursework Expiration:

Not Available
Courses are not required to be taken within a timeframe.

Online Coursework Accepted:

Yes
Online courses may be accepted if school is regionally accredited. Though accepted, it is recommended that they be kept to a minimum and do not include upper level sciences.

Community College Coursework Accepted:

Yes

Pending Prerequisite Coursework Allowed:

No
All PA program prerequisite courses must be completed one semester prior to Matriculation (completed by December to enter the following May)

Prerequisites

Course
Semesters
Required or Recommended
Notes
General Chemistry
2 Semesters with Lab
Required
Organic Chemistry
Not Required
Biochemistry
Not Required
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry Options
1 Semester
Required
Introductory Biology
1 Semester with Lab
Required
The following are accepted for a single requirement: General Biology - Lab required-4 hrs. total* Cell Biology Molecular Biology Genetics Immunology
Microbiology
1 Semester
Required
The following classes are also accepted for this requirement: Infectious Disease Molecular Microbiology Medical Microbiology Microbiology for Healthcare
Upper-Level Biology
Not Required
Genetics
1 Semester
Recommended
Anatomy and Physiology
2 Semesters: 1 Each of Anatomy and Physiology, OR 2 Semesters of Combined Anatomy/Physiology
Required
Human Preferred but will accept: Comparative, Vertebrate, Mammalian Anatomy/Physiology
Physics
Not Required
Medical Terminology
1 Course
Required
No certifications or clerical/office courses accepted. Must be for college credit.
English / Writing
Not Required
Psychology
1 Semester
Required
Human development courses may be accepted.
Social Sciences
Not Required
Statistics
1 Semester
Required
Statistical Reasoning and Applications Can be taken in most departments
Other Math
1 Semester
Required
College algebra - minimum or Pre-Calculus Algebra, Trigonometry, or Calculus
Foreign Language
Not Required
Other Requirements
AP credits may be accepted to satisfy prerequisites if they appear on an official transcript from a college/university that is regionally accredited and only after transcript evaluation and with approval from the USA PA department.
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