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University of South Carolina School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program has submitted an application for provisional accreditation to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). University of South Carolina School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2017, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional in September 2016. The USC PA Program was approved by the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education in May 2016.

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.