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The University of South Carolina School of Medicine PA Program is a participant in CASPA (Centralized Application Service for PAs). To apply to our program, you must have a verified CASPA application and complete the USC Graduate School supplemental application. The CASPA application will be available April 26, 2018. The deadline for a verified CASPA application is September 1, 2018, and the USC supplemental application deadline is September 15, 2018, for the class entering in January 2019. Once the verified CASPA application has been received by the USC PA Program, the candidate will be e-mailed instructions on how to complete the supplemental application. Only verified CASPA applications will be considered by the USC SOM PA Program.

Priority in application review and invitation for interview will be given to those applicants who have completed their CASPA, the supplemental application and had official GRE scores reported by July 15, 2018.

The USC PA Program is a mission driven program that recruits caring individuals who are dedicated to providing competent health care.  We value applicants who demonstrate a heart for service and a commitment to increasing access to health care.

Applicants who have served their communities or their countries through volunteer activities, military service, or employment opportunities greatly enhance the cultural perspective of the class. The PA Program is committed to attracting students from geographically underserved regions such as Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in South Carolina, as well as students from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Following receipt and individual screening of the verified CASPA application by the Physician Assistant Program, supplemental application materials (including evaluations and a nonrefundable $50 processing fee) will be requested from all qualified applicants selected to receive further consideration. As a matter of policy, the Physician Assistant Program can accept applications only from those individuals who are currently citizens of the United States or who are permitted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reside permanently in the United States. Interviews on the School of Medicine campus are at the invitation of the Admissions Committee and are a required part of the admissions process for all applicants.

The deadline date of September 1 refers only to the date by which the application materials must be verified at the CASPA office; September 15 is the deadline date for receipt of all supplementary application materials to the Physician Assistant Program. It is in the best interest of the applicant to submit the completed application as early in the application/admissions process as possible to ensure verification of the CASPA application by the September 1st deadline.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the Physician Assistant Program by the deadline dates. No application will be considered until all application materials have been received. The application process is highly competitive. Please consider the strength of your application in the decision to apply.


For help or further questions, contact the Physician Assistant Program: 803-216-3950 or

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. The ARC-PA is sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Association of Physician Assistant Programs.

Admission to the USC PA Program will be competitive. The size of each matriculating class will be 30. Each newly seated class will begin the program in January. We will have a rolling admissions process until all seats are filled.