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School of Medicine Columbia


We want to know our graduates are dedicated to making an impact on the health of South Carolina. That's why we work hard to recruit caring individuals who are dedicated to providing competent health care. We especially value applicants who demonstrate a heart for service and a commitment to increasing access to health care.

We use a rolling admissions process until all the seats are filled, so it's in your best interest to apply early. 


How to Apply

We use the Centralized Application Service for PAs (CASPA) as well as a supplementary application through the USC Graduate School, which you will complete after we receive your verified CASPA application.  Only verified CASPA applications will be considered by the PA Program.

Supplementary Materials

After we receive your verified CASPA application that meets our admissions criteria, you will get an email with instructions on how to complete the supplemental application.

Your supplemental materials may include:

  • GRE scores taken within 5 years of applying
  • TOEFL scores for students who are not native English speakers
  • Evaluations
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • $50 processing fee

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.

Personal Statements

Although we ask for specific prerequisites, we evaluate your application on its individual merits. Evidence of academic potential, knowledge of the health care system, motivation, personal maturity, self-assurance and good interpersonal skills will weigh strongly in the admission decision. 


No Exceptions: All admission requirements listed must be met for consideration. The USC School of Medicine PA Program does not allow exceptions.
Exemptions: Anyone with a vaccine exemption may be excluded from the University/College in the event of a Measles, Mumps, Rubella or Diphtheria outbreak in accordance with public health law.
Preferences for Admission: SC Residents, USC alumni, US veterans
Advanced Placement: We do not offer advanced placement in the PA Program.

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