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University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia

Columbia,
SC
6311 Garners Ferry Rd
Columbia,
SC
29209

Program Website:

Admissions Office Email:

paprogram@uscmed.sc.edu
803-216-3950

Program Information

Length of Program:

27 Months

Part-Time Option Available:  

No

Starting Semester: 

Spring

Accreditation:

Continued

Students per Class:

30

PANCE First-Time Pass Rate: 

96%

Cost of Attendance (Resident / Non-Resident): 

$111,516 / $152,697   Includes living expenses.

Combined Degree Program(s) Offered: 

None

Admissions Information

Application:

Participates in CASPA:

Yes

Application Deadline:

September 1
(Rolling Admissions)

GPA:

Minimum GPA:   

3

Minimum Science GPA:

3

Average GPA: 

3.67

Average Science GPA:   

3.61

Other GPA Requirements: 

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 prerequisite GPA as calculated by CASPA. Preference is given to cumulative and/or science GPAs of 3.2 or higher as calculated by CASPA and based on a 4.0 scale.

Shadowing and Experience:

PA Shadowing Required or Recommended:

Recommended

Minimum PA Shadowing: 

None

Patient Care Experience Required:

500 Hours

Patient Care Experience Recommended: 

2000 Hours

Additional Information Regarding Patient Care:

You must have at least 500 documented health care exposure hours completed by August 15, 2022. You can obtain these hours through paid, volunteer or shadowing experiences. We do not accept virtual shadowing hours. Class of 2021 Profile: Health Care Exposure Hours - 2,634

Testing

Test(s) Required:

GRE Required

GRE Deadline:

July 1

GRE Expiration:

1
Year(s)

PA-CAT Deadline:

Not Applicable

CASPer Required:

No

CASPer Deadline:

Not Applicable

Coursework Policies

Coursework Expiration:

7 Years
Prerequisite courses taken prior to the Fall 2015 academic term will not be accepted.

Online Coursework Accepted:

Yes
While our preference remains a letter grade for all prerequisite courses, except Medical Terminology, courses taken between January 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 and awarded a Pass or Satisfactory on a grading scale from an institution that moved to a Pass/Fail grading scale, will be accepted. Please note that a Pass or Satisfactory grade does not impact the GPA and the UofSC PA Program will only consider the CASPA overall, overall science, and prerequisite GPA calculations. Lab courses or courses taken with a lab component that transitioned to an online format will be accepted.

Community College Coursework Accepted:

Yes

Pending Prerequisite Coursework Allowed:

No
Your degree must be completed by August 15, 2022. Your prerequisite coursework must be completed at the time of applying and verified by CASPA for consideration. You may not have any pending prerequisite courses when you submit your application.

Prerequisites

Course
Semesters
Required or Recommended
Notes
General Chemistry
2 Semesters with Lab
Required
Organic Chemistry
1 Semester with Lab
Required
Biochemistry
Not Required
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry Options
Not Required
Introductory Biology
Not Required
Microbiology
1 Semester
Required
Upper-Level Biology
Not Required
Genetics
1 Semester
Required
Anatomy and Physiology
2 Semesters: 1 Each of Anatomy and Physiology, OR 2 Semesters of Combined Anatomy/Physiology, Each with Lab
Required
Comparative, animal, or mammalian anatomy and/or physiology courses not accepted.
Physics
Not Required
Medical Terminology
1 Course
Required
Can be a certificate; Pass/Fail allowed.
English / Writing
Not Required
Psychology
1 Semester
Required
Introductory Psychology or Higher Level Psychology
Social Sciences
Not Required
Statistics
1 Semester
Required
Other Math
Not Required
Foreign Language
Not Required
Other Requirements

None.

Other Recommendations

None.

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