PA Programs – U of Southern California



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Anatomy w/lab – One course required (Human Anatomy & Physiology may be completed by taking a 2-
semester sequential course of Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II or a 3-quarter sequential course
of Human Anatomy & Physiology I, II & III)
Physiology w/lab – One course required
Microbiology w/lab – One course required
Statistics – Required – preferably Statistics for Psychology, Sociology, or Biology – Introduction
to Statistics offered by a math department is acceptable
Psychology – Required (Introduction)
Other courses: One-year sequential course work for science majors in General Biology/lab (usually
1 semester each of Cellular Biology, and Evolutionary Biology), beginning Spanish language – 2 semesters or 3 quarters; 1 academic year (9 months) sequence; (must be college level credit earned either through course work or by placement exams; AP course work is acceptable); there are no language substitutions or waivers, English composition – 2 semesters or 3 quarters, 1 academic year (9 months) sequence (AP course work is acceptable), Medical Terminology – strong competency expected and Introduction to Genetics is encouraged

4 hours with lab basic – 2 semesters or 3 quarters of inorganic chemistry with quantitative analysis
4 hours with lab Organic
8 hours each of above recommended and Biochemistry

Bachelor Degree – Required – requirements completed by June 30th of year of enrollment
GRE – Required (or MCAT) within last 5 years
Basic Life Support -n/a

CASPA Application Required – Yes – October 1st deadline for early consideration with December 1st
final deadline for application
Supplemental app required – Yes – same deadlines as CASPA – $50 fee – the program does not utilize
USC Graduate School Application – only supplemental application
Open House – Applicants are encourage to attend Information Sessions on Alhambra Campus, RSVP
Interview – Yes – interviewees are required to bring a passport size photo ID – typically interviews are conducted on Alhambra between early fall and early spring
Rolling admissions – Yes – late fall through early spring
Admission factors –

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a scale in which A=4.0),
  • bachelor’s degree (in any discipline), or its equivalent, from an accredited institution,
  • completion of all PA prerequisite course work [it is expected that all science prerequisites be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.75, with no individual science prerequisite grade less than a 2.0 (C)],
  • all prerequisites must be completed with at least a grade of “C” (2.0) earned,
  • all science prerequisites must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline,
  • GRE – a combined quantitative and verbal score of no less that 1,000 (a score of 450 or higher on the verbal component) is expected,
  • hands-on, paid patient care clinical experience is preferred (successful applicants have often worked as one of the following: emergency medical technician, licensed vocational nurse, medical assistant (back office), medical scribe, medical technologist, military medical corpsman), – other health care experience is equally acceptable as long as the clinical experience is hands-on in nature (it is important that PA applicants are familiar with medical care environments and the role of a physician assistant, and have experience working with patients) –
  • applicants are expected to have shadowing experience with a PA in a clinical setting,
  • community service which benefits medically underserved or disadvantaged groups is highly desirable as the USC Primary Care PA Program has a commitment to training its students as primary care providers with these populations),
  • 3 letters of reference are required,
  • communication/interpersonal skills,
  • professionalism,
  • leadership potential,
  • personal attributes,
  • program fit and knowledge of the PA profession

Program facts:
Length – 33 months
Degree Granted – Master of Physician Assisant Practice
Class size – 34-49
Average # of Apps received, average # interviewed and # accepted  – not published
Average age, sex, GPA of those admitted – Health care experience 500 hours, GPA 3.36, science GPA 3.24 in General Biology, General Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology, GRE 1,183 (505 verbal and 652 quantitative), MCAT 26, 1,983 paid hours patient care experience, 20 hours shadowing a PA
Tuition and Fees: (Fall 2011) $21,081 tuition flat fee basis for PA students, application fee $85, Commitment fee $500 (applicable to tuition), New Student Orientation Publications and Programsfee (graduate) $35, Student Health Service Fee $244 per semester, Student Programming fee
(graduate) $35.59, Student Services fee (graduate) $12.50 per semester, Norman H. Topping Student Aid Fund, $8 per semester, student health insurance $451 (fall semester), $658 (spring semester), yearly dental insurance (optional) $136 –

students are responsible for transportation, parking, room and board, textbooks, laptop, medical equipment, book fees and supplies
Financial Aid – Must be applied for through the University or directly from outside funding sources,
rather than through the PA program.  The PA program has no direct involvement in the granting of
any financial aid except for four of the scholarship awards.  General information and applications
for financial aid and financing a USC education are available at :

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