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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 a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must have an overall GPA as calculated by the CASPA service of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) (including undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate coursework)
  • Applicants should have a Biology-Chemistry-Physics (BCP) science GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) as Calculated by the CASPA service.
  • Applicants must submit scores from the GRE general exam directly to the CASPA service using the South University PA program code 0467.
  • At least one reference on the CASPA application must be from a physician (MD/DO), Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner with whom the applicant has worked or shadowed and to whom the applicant is not related.
  • Preference will be given to those with GRE scores at the 50th percentile or above.

Students must complete all prerequisite courses listed below with a grade of C or better at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university before matriculation.

  • Human Anatomy 1 course*+
  • Human Physiology 1 course*+
  • General Biology 2 courses+#
  • General Chemistry 2 courses+
  • Biochemistry+ -or-
  • Organic Chemistry 1 course+
  • Microbiology 1 course+%

Prerequisite coursework which is obtained from a four-year college or university and which is designed for science majors is considered more competitive.

In general, prerequisite coursework inclusive of titles such as Essentials of, Survey of, or Introductory to, unless specifically designed for science majors are considered less competitive.

*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 and P I and II will be accepted.

+Basic science courses should be those for science majors. Only courses (excluding general biology and biochemistry) with an associated lab will be given credit for fulfilling prerequisite requirements. In the event that a laboratory is not offered with a prerequisite course, applicants may request the lab requirement for that course be waived.

# Labs recommended but not required for general biology courses.

% Microbiology course must be 200/2000 level courses or higher.

No transfer credit is accepted for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. All students must complete each course in the curriculum.

The South University Physician Assistant program accepts credit for Advanced Placement courses. AP courses taken and successfully completed will be counted as one course credit towards completion of the respective prerequisite subject. Grades earned in AP courses are not used in calculation of the applicants overall or prerequisite GPA.

The South University Physician Assistant program does not accept College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit for any prerequisite requirements.

Master of Science Physician Assistant 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 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

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 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 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.

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 physician assistants or physicians observing or caring for patients.

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