Mission, Vision, & Goals

Our Vision

To enhance access to high-quality health care throughout South Carolina (SC) and beyond.

Our Mission

The mission of the Physician Assistant Studies Master of Science Program at MUSC is to graduate highly competent physician assistants who are compassionate, culturally aware and attuned to the primary healthcare needs of the people of South Carolina and beyond. They will be prepared to provide quality, evidence based, patient-centered healthcare as integral members of interdisciplinary healthcare teams. They will be ambassadors for the physician assistant profession as they help meet the healthcare needs of the larger community through education, research, and service.

Our Values

  • Quality, safe, and accessible patient-centered health careResponding compassionately and respectfully to the needs of the population served
  • Ethical and professional behaviorDiversity and inclusionConfident life-long learners
  • Advancing medical knowledgeVirtuous leadership

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will competently:

  • Elicit a detailed and accurate medical history, perform a complete physical examination, and record all pertinent data
  • Perform, order, and interpret diagnostic studies
  • Perform or refer for therapeutic procedures
  • Provide complete and accurate patient assessment in order to formulate a management plan in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Provide patient education and counseling to address health maintenance and disease prevention
  • Facilitate the referral of patients to address their medical and psychosocial needs