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Program of Study

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) degree program at South University is an intensive twenty-seven-month curriculum structured around full-time course work. With students applying from across the country through the national Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) system, South University routinely attracts students who have received their undergraduate education at major public universities. The program focuses on the study of pathology, physiology, epidemiology, pharmacology, diagnosis, patient management, and treatment. Students learn in small groups with on-site laboratories where individualized attention is delivered by faculty members who have a variety of both professional and teaching experience. Within the first months of the program, students begin to gain experience in clinical and surgical settings. Program graduates are qualified to take the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) exam. Once certified, graduates are prepared to work in internal medicine and family practice or specialty areas such as OB/GYN, pediatrics, surgery, orthopedics, postoperative care, cardiology, and many other specialties. In these areas, graduates may examine and treat patients, order and interpret lab results and X-rays, make diagnoses, prescribe medications, and take medical histories. They may also treat minor injuries, counsel patients, and carry out therapy instructions.

Research Facilities

The Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program is housed in the School of Health Professions building at South University's campus in historic Savannah, Georgia. The campus features dedicated PA classrooms and lab facilities. The University recently opened a new on-campus library, more than doubling its previous library space. The new facility features comfortable study space for students, wireless Internet capabilities for laptop network connectivity, separate computer labs, and reference and interlibrary loan services.

Financial Aid

A wide range of financial aid options is available to students who qualify. The Savannah campus of South University offers access to federal and state aid, including grants, loans, and work-study programs. Eligible students may apply for veterans' educational benefits and are encouraged to investigate the availability of grants and scholarships through community resources. As a first step, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may apply electronically at or through the program. Applications should be submitted promptly to receive consideration for the maximum amount of aid.

Cost of Study

Tuition information for the Physician Assistant Studies Program may be obtained by contacting Physician Assistant Studies Program Admissions at South University's Savannah campus.

Living and Housing Costs

South University offers a variety of school-sponsored student housing options at its Savannah, Georgia, campus in conjunction with local apartment complexes. Due to the full-time nature of the program, PA students typically live in rental homes or apartments in the Savannah area. More information may be obtained by contacting the Director of Student Housing at 912-201-8000.

Student Group

The Savannah campus of South University has a diverse student body enrolled in both day and evening classes. Students are primarily commuters who live within 50 miles of the city.


Located on the south side of the historic city of Savannah, the campus is situated on 9 acres of land. It is convenient to the city's bustling midtown section and a full range of educational and cultural activities. The Atlantic Ocean and recreational amenities of Tybee Island, including beaches and numerous outdoor activities, are just a short drive away. In addition, the campus is located just a short drive from Hilton Head Island and Charleston, South Carolina.

The Program

Accreditation for South University's Physician Assistant Studies Program has been granted by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Programs (ARC-PA). The program is also a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association, the national organization representing physician assistant education programs. South University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Students should contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 with questions about the accreditation of South University.


Students are accepted into the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree program on an annual basis. Candidates may choose to qualify for early admission or general admission. Entrance into the program is gained through a formal application review and interview process. Acceptance is competitive and based on the admission committee's evaluation of the applicant's academic background (completed bachelor's degree with overall minimum GPA of 2.6 and recommended science GPA of 3.0 or better), scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), personal motivation, clinical experience, and ability to be self-supporting throughout the rigors of the program. No transfer credit is accepted for this program. The South University Physician Assistant Studies Program utilizes CASPA; students who wish to do so may apply online through CASPA.

Correspondence and Information

Applications for admission to the South University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree program are available by contacting: Physician Assistant Studies Program South University, Savannah 709 Mall Boulevard Savannah, Georgia 31406-4805 United States Phone: 912-201-8025 866-629-2901 (toll-free) Fax: 912-790-4199 E-mail: See for program duration; tuition, fees, and other costs; median debt; federal salary data; alumni success; and other important information. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 ?®2014 South University. The email address is

The Faculty

One of the most outstanding aspects of South University's Physician Assistant Studies Program is the dedication of the faculty members and their ability to cultivate a supportive learning environment. Faculty members are committed to their roles as mentors, teachers, and co-learners. They are also dedicated to the training of students who can assume positions of leadership within the medical field. A current list of program faculty members is available in the South University catalog, which is located on the South University Web site (

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Location & Contact

Address 709 Mall Boulevard
Savannah, GA  31406
United States

Phone: 912-201-8000