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ADMISSIONS

Admissions Requirements

The South University, Tampa 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 of 0454.
  • 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.

Prerequisites

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

Human Anatomy - 1 course 1

Human Physiology - 1 course 1,2

General Biology - 2 courses 2,3

General Chemistry - 2 courses 2,3

Biochemistry -or-

Organic Chemistry - 1 course 2

Microbiology - 1 course 2,4

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

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

1 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.

2 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 that the lab requirement for that course be waived.

3 Labs recommended but not required for general biology courses.

4 Microbiology courses must be 200/2000 level or higher.

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

The South University Physician Assistant program accepts credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AP courses taken and successfully completed will be counted as one course credit toward completion of the respective prerequisite subject. Grades earned in AP courses are not used in calculation of the applicant's over all or prerequisite GPA.

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

http://www.southuniversity.edu/tampa/areas-of-study/physician-assistant/physician-assistant-master-of-science-ms/admissions