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University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia

6311 Garners Ferry Rd

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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): 

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

Combined Degree Program(s) Offered: 


Admissions Information


Participates in CASPA:


Application Deadline:

September 1
(Rolling Admissions)


Minimum GPA:   


Minimum Science GPA:


Average GPA: 


Average Science GPA:   


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:


Minimum PA Shadowing: 


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


Test(s) Required:

GRE Required

GRE Deadline:

July 1

GRE Expiration:


PA-CAT Deadline:

Not Applicable

CASPer Required:


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:

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:


Pending Prerequisite Coursework Allowed:

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.


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


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