Frequently Asked Questions

About the Program

The length of the program is 27 months or 7 semesters. The didactic phase of the program is 4 semesters, where as the clinical phase of the program is 3 semesters.

The programs accept 97 students each year.

MUSC is an academic health science center that gives students an opportunity to work in a collaborative interprofessional environment. It is South Carolina’s only academic health science center and has a large network of hospitals across the state. At the Charleston campus, students have access to cutting-edge technology in simulation labs, research facilities, experts in all areas of medicine, and a variety of student services.

Clinical Experience

Students will complete nine 4.5-week clinical rotations over three semesters. There are three clinical rotations per semester during the clinical year.

No, the program does not guarantee clinical site placements in Charleston. Students may be required to travel outside of the Charleston area and/or out of the state for clinical rotations.

No, the clinical education team assigns all students their clinical rotations.

Students are required to complete the following clinical rotations: family medicine, emergency medicine, women’s health, surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine, adjunct clinical experience, behavioral medicine.

Applying to the Program

Yes, all applicants must have earned a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts from an accredited college or university prior to entering the Physician Assistant Studies program.

Students must complete 34 credit hours of prerequisite courses. View all course prerequisites.

Yes, the program accepts online classes for any prerequisite course taken at a regionally accredited institution.

No, the program will not accept P/F for prerequisite classes. Prospective students must earn a merit grade.

Decisions of acceptance into the PAS program are made on a competitive basis. Prospective students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered for acceptance into the program.

The MUSC PAS program will only accept the PA-CAT. You may find more information about the PA-CAT on their website.

No, the program does not accept advance placement credits. .

No, courses taken greater than 10 years ago will not be accepted. Please note: the program will accept courses less than or equal to 10 years from enrollment, not when a degree was earned.

The program does not require patient care experience. However, competitive applicants have at least 500 hours of direct patient care or hands-on health care experience.

Patient care experience may include (but is not limited to) working as a medical scribe, medical assistant, emergency medical technician (EMT), certified nursing assistant, patient care technician, etc.

Yes, you are required to provide 3 references. The references should come from physician assistants and/or a medical doctor.