Success in Achieving Program Goals

The Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program assesses its success by the success of its students and alumni. We strive for continual improvement and we are proud to share our successes in achieving our program goals.

The program strives to: 

1. Be fully compliant with all standards established by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).

The MUSC PAS program has Accreditation-Continued status by the ARC-PA and anticipates its next validation review in March 2023.

2.  Recruit a richly diverse student body with varied experiences, attributes, sensitivities and academic backgrounds. 

The most recent data below shows the mean grade point averages, student demographics, and graduate record exam (GRE) scores from students joining the program in 2020.

Year of Matriculation: 2020

Mean Grade Point Average:

  • Cumulative: 3.73
  • Prerequisite: 3.76

Mean Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (Percentile)

Average of 3 sections: 57

Student Demographics:

  • 50% South Carolina Residents
  • Age Range 22 to 40
  • Mean Age: 24
  • Gender: 87% Female
  • 20% Underrepresented Minority*

*Defined as Hispanic, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Asian students who are either Filipino, Vietnamese, or Southeast Asian non-Vietnamese.

In addition to attracting applicants who are highly prepared academically, we have been fortunate to matriculate diverse groups of students, including students from across the United States. We strive to maintain diverse student cohorts to maximize the opportunities for all students to learn in a supportive and culturally competent environment.

3. Train physician assistant students to have the knowledge and skills to provide quality healthcare. 

View the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Five year First Time Taker Summary Report (PDF).

4. Graduate students who are highly satisfied with the quality of their education, the state of their professional development, and their overall capability to function as a physician assistant. 

The program assesses graduate satisfaction with an exit survey at the time of graduation. Scores are evaluated on a Likert Scale.

Quality of Program Faculty:
On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is Excellent, 4 is More than Satisfactory, 3 is Satisfactory, 2 is Somewhat Satisfactory, and 1 is Needs of Improvement.

  • Exit Survey Class of 2020: 4.30/5.0
  • Exit Survey Class of 2019: 4.20/5.0

Would Recommend MUSC to a Prospective Student:
On a scale of 1 to 4, where 4 is Strongly Agree, 3 is Agree, 2 is Disagree, and 1 is Strongly Disagree.

  • Exit Survey Class of 2020: 3.36/4.0
  • Exit Survey Class of 2019: 3.50/4.0

The PAS faculty and staff strive to improve the quality and outcomes of our educational program, systematically addressing each goal and outcome, with the ultimate goal of providing the best educational experience possible to our students. We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to becoming even better.