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.  Enroll competitive applicants representing the rich diversity of the populations of South Carolina and the nation

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 2019.

Year of Matriculation: 2019

Mean Grade Point:

  • Cumulative: 3.64
  • Prerequisite: 3.62

Student Demographics:

  • South Carolina Residents: 50 percent
  • Age Range (Mean Age): 21 to 56 (25.4)
  • Gender (Female): 76 percent
  • Underrepresented Minority*: 20 percent

*Defined as African American, Hispanic American, or Native American – Pacific Islander heritage.

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.

Mean Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (Percentile)

 Average of 3 sections: 55

3.  Educate physician assistants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide quality health care 

The PAS first-time pass rate on the PANCE exam for the past 5 years may be viewed here (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 satisfaction of our graduates at the time of graduation with an exit survey.  Scores are evaluated on a Likert Scale.  "Quality of program faculty" is evaluated on a Likert scale of (1 - 5), 5 – Excellent, 4 – More than Satisfactory, 3 – Satisfactory, 2 – Somewhat Satisfactory and 1- Needs of Improvement.

"Recommend MUSC to a prospective student" is evaluated on a Likert Scale of  (1 - 4), 4 – Strongly agree, 3 – Agree, 2 - Disagree and 1 - Strongly Disagree.

Exit Survey class of 2019:

  • "Quality of program faculty" score: 4.2/5.0
  • "Recommend MUSC to a prospective student" score: 3.5/4.0

Exit Survey class of 2018:

  • "Quality of program faculty" score: 4.3/5.0
  • "Recommend MUSC to a prospective student" score: 3.7/4.0

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.