The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing and Health Professions

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*Last updated February 9th, 2024

General Information

Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Southern Mississippi Physician Assistant program is to provide a welcoming, supportive, and distinctive educational environment that nurtures student success, where students will attain their goal of to become excellent, compassionate, and forward-looking PAs. With an emphasis on rural and under-served populations, our graduates will be prepared to provide excellent care for all people they encounter with professionalism and integrity. They will have a sensitivity and understanding of the needs of under-served communities, rural communities, and diverse populations.
Unique Program Features
All statments regarding the USM PA program are pending ARC-PA and SACSCOC accreditation.
Curriculum Focus
Case-Based Learning; Organ-Based/Systems-Based Learning; Problem-Based Learning
Credentials Offered
Master's degree (not Master's of Public Health)
Doctorate Degree Offered
No information provided
Type of Masters Degree
MPAS: Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Program Length
27 Months
Start Month
October 2025
Estimated Incoming Class Size
No information provided
Part-time Option
No
Distance Learning
No
On-Campus Housing
No
Required Onsite Interview
Yes
Types of Interviews
Traditional Interview; Group Interview
Admission Type
Rolling - Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis

CASPA & Deadlines

CASPA Member
No information provided
Upcoming CASPA Cycle
Yes
Application Deadline
04/01/2025
Deadline Requirement
Green-Verified: the application has been submitted, payment, all transcripts, and at least two evaluation letters must be received by CASPA by the posted deadline, and the application has a verified status, meaning all GPAs have been calculated by CASPA.
Supplemental Application
Yes
Supplemental Deadline
No information provided
Supplemental Application Fee
$100
Supplemental Application Fee Waiver
Yes

Tuition & Deposits

Separate Tuition Rates
Yes
Tuition
No information provided
Resident Tuition
$60,000
Non-Resident Tuition
$66,000
Seat Deposit
No information provided
Seat Deposit Cost
$500
Refundable Seat Deposit
No

Matriculants

Out of State Students Accepted
Yes
Transfer Students Accepted
No
DACA Status Applicants Considered
No
International Applicants Accepted
Yes, with exceptions. Please visit the program's website.
Support for Veterans
No information provided

Program Matriculants by Gender

Female
-
Male
-
Non-Binary
-
Gender Unknown
-

Ethnicity of Program Matriculants by Number

American Indian or Alaskan Native
-
Asian
-
Black or African American
-
Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish
-
Native Hawaiin or Pacific Islander
-
White
-
Other
-

GRE Average Scores

Average Verbal Reasoning GRE Score
No information provided
Average Analytical Writing GRE Score
No information provided
Average Quantitative Reasoning GRE Score
No information provided

GRE Average Percentiles

Average Verbal Reasoning GRE Percentile
No information provided
Average Analytical Writing GRE Percentile
No information provided
Average Quantitative Reasoning GRE Percentile
No information provided

Requirements

Minimum Number of Reference Letters Required
2
Types of References Required
PA
Minimum Overall GPA Required
3.00
Minimum Prereq GPA Required
3.00
Standardized Test(s) Required
None
Healthcare Experience
Yes, required
Hours Needed
500
Time Limit in Which To Complete Experience
No information provided
Paid Health Care
Recommended but not required
Volunteer/Community Service Health Care
Recommended but not required
Paid Direct Patient Care
Required
Volunteer Direct Patient Care
Recommended but not required
Direct Patient Care Hours Needed
500
Direct Patient Care Time Limit
No information provided
Other Paid Health Care
No information provided
Other Volunteer Health Care
No information provided
Shadowing a PA
Required
Shadowing a Physician
Recommended but not required
Shadowing other health care provider
Not Required
Clinical and/or non-clinical research
Recommended but not required
Virtual Health Care Accepted
No
Virtual Shadowing Accepted
Yes

Prerequisites

Prereq time limit
5 Years
Human Anatomy
4 Credit(s), Lab Required
Biochemistry
4 Credit(s)
Microbiology
4 Credit(s), Lab Required
Organic Chemistry
4 Credit(s), Lab Required
Human Physiology
4 Credit(s), Lab Required
Genetics
3 Credit(s)
Medical Terminology
1 Credit(s)
Statistics
3 Credit(s)