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Pre-Physician Assistant

Dear Prospective Students,

Welcome to the University of Charleston Physician Assistant (PA) undergraduate website! Physician Assistants are highly trained medical professionals who practice medicine on a physician-led team. They practice in all medical and surgical specialties. PAs take histories and conduct physical exams, order and interpret tests, diagnose and treat illness, counsel on disease and preventive health, prescribe medications and perform procedures.

The University of Charleston offers an excellent course of study to prepare students to be competitive applicants for PA school.  Additionally, the University of Charleston PA program has established  pathways for highly motivated students to apply for a seat in our PA program and earn a master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies. Through our PA Fast Track option, students who are accepted can earn their Master’s Degree in five years from the time they enter the University as a freshman! Through the University of Charleston Scholars program, high school seniors may be identified and given the opportunity to interview for a seat in our PA program as a PA scholar.  For more information, contact the University of Charleston Admissions office.

Physician Assistants make a difference in the community every day. There has never been a greater need for PAs in the workforce. Being a PA lets you have it all: satisfaction – for work that is meaningful: respect – for a profession that is viewed with trust: choice – for services that can be delivered to all generations: flexibility – for the ability to practice medicine in a variety of settings.

Please take some time to learn more about our pathways to becoming a PA by choosing the menu options available to the left. If you have specific questions don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m always happy to help.

Pam Carden, MA - Admissions Coordinator 

Pam Carden, MA
Office: 304-357-4968 


With warm regards, 

Pam Carden
Admissions Coordinator
University of Charleston
Physician Assistant Program
Office: 304-357-4968
"Training compassionate, patient-centered providers”