Physician Assistant Studies New Student Information

View the 2022 Summer Orientation

A Message from the Division Director

Welcome to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies. You are joining a community of outstanding clinicians, instructors, and scholars, dedicated staff and students who share a commitment to personal and professional excellence and compassionate patient care.

We ask that you carefully review the CHP New Student Brightspace Orientation as well as the links provided below. This information is designed to ensure that your transition into your new program goes as smoothly as possible.

I know that you will be an asset to our program, and I am sure you will have an enjoyable, exciting experience on your journey to becoming a physician assistant. Additional information about the program orientation and classes will be provided for you as the date of your matriculation nears.  


Helen Martin


Helen Martin, DHSC, PA-C, DFAAPA  
Associate Professor and Division Director
Division of Physician Assistant Studies 

New Student Orientation

Wednesday & Thursday, May 25 to 26, 2022 (schedule below)

Business attire is required

More information regarding student policies, academic resources, financial aid, technology, health and immunization requirements and resources, campus safety, off-campus housing, parking, etc., is available in Brightspace (MUSC's course management system). You will be able to access this information upon receipt of your MUSC NetID and password approximately 45 days prior to the beginning of the summer semester. Login instructions will be sent to you via email. 

Useful Links:

PAS Academic Calendar 2022 to 2023 (PDF)
PAS Academic Calendar 2021 to 2022 (PDF) 

PA Student Policy Manual
Financial Aid
Immunization Requirements
Laptop Requirements
ADA Resources

Summer 2022 In-Person Orientation Schedule

Goals for Orientation

  • To facilitate the transition to MUSC and student life at an academic health sciences center. 
  • To gain understanding of the support services available to students to enhance their educational experience. 
  • To ensure that students have complied with university policies & requirements. 
  • To build beginning connections and relationships with faculty and students from various health professions programs. 
  • To orient students to their respective academic programs: nurse anesthesia practice, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. // Check-in, Continental Breakfast, Scavenger Hunt, and Parking Registration (if applicable) - CHP Atrium, 151-A Rutledge Ave., 1st Floor

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. // PAS Welcome & Program Session - CHP A202/207

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. // Financial Aid & Parking Registration (if applicable); Grab-and-Go Lunch - CHP Atrium

Please sign up for parking if needed and/or chat with a representative from Financial Aid if needed. When you are ready to eat, please take your grab-and-go lunch outside or spread out in any room except CHP A205.

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. // College Orientation Session - Drug Discovery Auditorium, DD 110

Students are free to leave at 2:15 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. session is hosted on Zoom and can be accessed off-campus.

 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. // All Students - Financial Literacy: A Journey to Handling Debt While in College... and Beyond.

Join via Zoom:
Hosted by Sam McBride from Commonwealth Financial Group

Thursday, May 26, 2022

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. // Appreciating Diversity & Inclusion - CHP A202/207

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. // IT Session - CHP A202/207

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. // Lunch - Served from the CHP Atrium

Students are encouraged to grab a lunch and go eat outside or spread out in any CHP classroom.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. // Library Session - CHP A202/207

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. // Introduction to Human Anatomy - Drug Discovery Auditorium, DD 110

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. // Gross Anatomy Lab Tour (Departs from DD 110)

Students, the week following orientation, please look for an email from Dr. Karen Wager, Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She will provide a link to an orientation survey. We sincerely appreciate your feedback. Thank you and have a great first semester!