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South University, Savannah Physician Assistant Program

Admissions Requirements

The South University Savannah Physician Assistant Program participates with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Please refer to the application process page for instructions. Individuals whose applications are reviewed positively will be invited for a personal on-campus interview.

Applicant Criteria

The following criteria are established for students interested in applying to the South University Physician Assistant Master of Science degree program:

  • Applicants must have an earned Bachelor's degree from an American, accredited, University with an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) and a recommended minimum science GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Applicants must submit scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (verbal, quantitative, and written essay). Preference will be given to those with competitive scores (50th percentile or above). For more information on exam sites and times visit ETS.

    When you apply to the program, you will need to go to the ETS website and request your official scores to be sent electronically to CASPA using Program GRE Code: 0467 South U Savannah.

  • Prerequisite courses must be completed at a US-accredited college or university prior to matriculation.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum paper-based score of 600, computer-based score of 250 or internet based score of 80.
  • No transfer credit is accepted for the Master of Science in the Physician Assistant program.


Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies Degree Program Technical Standards

In order to ensure that patients receive the best medical care possible, the faculty of the South University Physician Assistant program has identified certain skills and professional behaviors that are essential for successful progression of physician assistant students in the program. A student must possess skills and behaviors at a level of capability to perform a variety of duties required of a physician assistant as a health care professional.

Students with disabilities who can perform these skills and successfully execute professional behavior either unassisted, with dependable use of assistive devices, or by employing other reasonable accommodations are eligible to apply for enrollment in the program. Minimum performance standards include critical thinking, communication skills, observation skills, motor skills, and interpersonal abilities. Interested parties may contact the Physician Assistant Studies Program office for additional information about South University performance standards. These skills and behaviors include, but are not limited to; those outlined in the document

Essentials and Guidelines for an Accredited Education Program for the Physician Assistant (2001) as established by the Accreditation Review Commission of Physician Assistant Programs (ARCPA).

  • Critical Thinking: All students must possess the intellectual, ethical, physical and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty. The ability to solve problems, a skill that is critical to the practice of medicine, requires the intellectual abilities of measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis. Candidates for the program must be able to perform demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences.
  • Communication Skills: A candidate should also be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and to perceive nonverbal communications. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms.
  • Observation Skills: Candidates must be able to observe a patient accurately, both at a distance and close at hand. This ability requires the functional use of vision and somatic sensation.
  • Motor Skills: Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic techniques. A candidate should be able to execute movements reasonably required to move from area to area, maneuver in small places, calibrate and use large and small equipment, position and move patients, and provide patients with general care and emergency treatment.
  • Interpersonal Abilities: A candidate for the Physician Assistant Program must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities required for the diagnosis and care of patients and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, families and colleagues.

An applicant to the South University Physician Assistant Studies Program who may require special accommodation(s) on the basis of a disability will be requested to provide pertinent information for review by the Physician Assistant Studies Admissions Committee and the Dean of Student Affairs. A candidate for admissions must request such information when applying for the program. The admission decision with respect to accommodation will be made by the committee on an individual candidate basis after thorough consideration is given to all relevant factors.


Prerequisite science courses (with labs) must be completed at a US-accredited US-based college or university. Prerequisite courses must include the following:

  • Human Anatomy*
    1 semester or quarter
  • Human Physiology*
    1 semester or quarter
  • General Biology+
    2 semesters or quarters
  • General Chemistry+
    2 semesters or quarters
  • Organic Chemistry+
    1 semester or quarter
  • Microbiology+
    1 semester or quarter

*Human Anatomy and Physiology may be taken as standalone courses or as part of a sequence. In the event that the courses are taken as part of a sequence, only a completed sequence of A&P I and II will be accepted.

+Basic science courses should be those for science majors. Only courses with an associated lab will be given credit for fulfilling prerequisite requirements.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experience that includes direct patient care is strongly recommended for application and selection into the program; however, there is no requirement for a predetermined number of hours (or months) of health care experience to be earned by an applicant. Clinical experiences should provide the applicant with a knowledge of and orientation to the presentation, signs, and symptoms of a variety of ill or injured patients. Such experiences are evaluated on an individual basis with regard to time spent with PAs or physicians observing or caring for patients.

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