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The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of South Carolina Columbia School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of South Carolina.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class


Physician Assistant Program

Mission Statement:
The USC School of Medicine –Columbia Masters in Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program strives to produce highly competent, compassionate physician assistants who are committed to lifelong learning and advancing the PA profession. The program is dedicated to producing physician assistants who deliver high-quality, patient-centered care, excel as members of an interprofessional health care team, while making significant contributions to the health care needs of South Carolina and the nation.


Vision: Our vision is to prepare Physician Assistant graduates to improve access to primary medical care for the citizens of rural and medically-underserved South Carolina and the nation.

Degree: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies


Important Information About Programs Leading to Licensure: Each state has its own licensing board with its own Physician Assistant licensure requirements. Consequently, although the master’s degree program in Physician Assistant Sciences at the University of South Carolina is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), thereby making its graduates eligible to sit for national certification (Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination - PANCE) and professional licensure in the state of South Carolina, we cannot confirm that the program meets the requirements for professional licensure in another state. For students not living in South Carolina, the following link provides information regarding state licensure specific to individual states throughout the U.S. where a non-resident student lives: http://www.nccpa.net/stateboards. Additional information may be found at the Academic Programs Professional Licensure website at http://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/provost/planning/academicprograms/state-authorization/professional-licensure-info.php. The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Physician Assistant program requires that all core supervised clinical practical experiences (SCPE) must be completed within the state of South Carolina.