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University of South Alabama

Information Last Reviewed by PreHealthAdmit: January 2023
HAHN 3124
5721 USA Drive North

Program Website:

Admissions Office Email:


Program Information

Length of Program:

27 Months

Part-Time Option Available:  


Starting Semester: 




Students per Class:


PANCE First-Time Pass Rate: 


Cost of Attendance (Resident / Non-Resident): 

$117,362 / $196,496   Includes living expenses.

Combined Degree Program(s) Offered: 


Admissions Information


Participates in CASPA:


Application Deadline:

October 1
(Non-Rolling Admission)


Minimum GPA:   


Minimum Science GPA:


Average GPA: 


Average Science GPA:   


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: 


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.


Test(s) Required:

GRE Required

GRE Deadline:

October 1

GRE Expiration:


PA-CAT Deadline:

Not Applicable

CASPer Required:


CASPer Deadline:

Not Applicable

Minimum required GRE score, on one test date, is Quantitative 145, Verbal 145. Completion of Analytical Writing required.

Coursework Policies

Coursework Expiration:

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

Online Coursework Accepted:

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:


Pending Prerequisite Coursework Allowed:

All PA program prerequisite courses must be completed one semester prior to matriculation (completed by December to enter the following May)


Required or Recommended
General Chemistry
2 Semesters with Lab
Organic Chemistry
Not Required
Not Required
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry Options
1 Semester
Introductory Biology
1 Semester with Lab
The following are accepted to fulfill the Biology requirement: General Biology (Lab required), Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology
1 Semester
Upper-Level Biology
Not Required
1 Semester
Anatomy and Physiology
2 Semesters: 1 Each of Anatomy and Physiology, OR 2 Semesters of Combined Anatomy/Physiology
Human Preferred but will accept: Comparative, Vertebrate, Mammalian Anatomy/Physiology
Not Required
Medical Terminology
1 Course
No certifications or clerical/office courses accepted. Must be for college credit.
English / Writing
Not Required
1 Semester
Human development courses may be accepted.
Social Sciences
Not Required
1 Semester
Statistical Reasoning and Applications Can be taken in most departments
Other Math
1 Semester
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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