Prospective Students

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Francis Marion University (MSPAS) will begin accepting applications on July 1, 2020 for the class matriculating in August of 2021.

Admissions Process

Application Requirements

The following requirements must be met to be eligible to apply for the program. For additional information, on these requirements, please review the application requirements found here.

  • A bachelor’s degree must be completed from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum requirement for both cumulative and prerequisite GPAs is 3.0, on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined Quantitative and Verbal GRE scores above 290, with a minimum of 140 on each of the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are required
  • A minimum of 250 hours of patient care experience is required
  • Prerequisite coursework

How to Apply

Francis Marion University Physician Assistant Program utilizes the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for processing applications. To apply to our program, you must have a verified CASPA application and completed the FMU PA Graduate School Supplemental Application.

Application Cycle Opens: July 1st

Application Deadline: January 15th

Documents that must be submitted to CASPA:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • 3 letters of recommendations
  • Official GRE scores (code 0553)

Documents that must be submitted with the Supplemental Application:

  • Personal Statement of 400-750 words, explaining the student’s reason for applying to the FMU PA Program and describing his/her clinical experience
  • Non-refundable graduate application fee ($41)


Interview invitations are extended to the most competitive applicants. The interviews will be held in the spring, after the application deadline. Exact dates will be give to those applicants who are invited in for interviews.

Acceptance Requirements

For accepted applicants, the program requires a $500 non-refundable seat reservation fee; that will be applied to the applicant’s first semester tuition. Information on payment will be provided with the acceptance letter.

Applicants offered a seat in the program will be required to complete the following, within two weeks of matriculation:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Immunization records
  • Background check
  • Urine drug screen

Detailed instructions on how to complete the above requirements will be sent to the applicants, in their orientation packet.


If you have any questions regarding the admissions requirements, please contact Mrs. Elizabeth Shefton (

Admissions Policies

Advanced Placement

The program does not grant advanced placement, accept transfer credit from student previously enrolled in another PA program, nor does it accept experiential credit. All students accepted into the PA program must satisfy all requirements of the didactic and clinical years of study.

Student Employment

The program discourages students from having outside employment while in the program. If a student feels that it is necessary to work while in the program, it is advisable that the student informs his faculty advisor of this need. Program expectations, assignments, deadlines and responsibilities will not be altered or adjusted to accommodate working students and it is expected that the student’s employment will not interfere with the student learning experience. Any conflict that may arise due to outside employment may be brought to the Student Affairs and Progression Committee (SAPC).

Technical Standards

Francis Marion University Physician Assistant Program accepts applicants who we believe have the ability to become highly competent physician assistants. Admission and retention decisions are based not only on prior satisfactory academic achievement, but also on non-academic factors outlined in these Technical Standards. Such factors serve to ensure that persons admitted to and retained in our Physician Assistant Program posses the intelligence, integrity, compassion, humanitarian concern, and physical and emotional capacity necessary to practice primary care medicine.

Technical standards, as distinguished from academic standards, refer to those physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities required for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the curriculum, and the development of professional attributes required by the faculty of all students at graduation.

Francis Marion University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, marital, or handicapped status.