University of Charleston

University of Charleston

Welcome to the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program.


If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others through becoming a highly competent medical practitioner, a world-class education awaits you at UC. Our program is rigorous, but the rewards are well worth it.

I am glad you are considering UC, and I will help you learn more about our program and guide you through the application procedure.

This is a very exciting time in PA Education and for our Physician Assistant Program at the University of Charleston. Please feel free to contact me with any questions during your admissions process.

Admissions Preferences

The UC PA Program values academic strength, performance on standardized tests, healthcare experience/exposure, PA shadowing, social engagement (volunteerism, community service, leadership, extracurricular activities), propensity to work with the underserved, propensity to stay in West Virginia after graduation, and a passion to become a PA.

The UC PA Program also values life experiences, maturity, self-awareness, professionalism, strong references, and a PA reference letter, as well as communication skills, decision-making, problem-solving, organization, moral reasoning, critical thinking, and team skills.

Additionally, University of Charleston students can apply and be accepted into the PA Program during their undergraduate studies (see the Fast Track option for more information).

Applying to the UC Physician Assistant Program – THREE OPTIONS

There are three paths for applying to our program:

  1. The Traditional Admissions Pathway through CASPA is for students who will be entering the PA program post-graduation.
  2. The Fast Track Admissions Pathway is for currently enrolled, high achieving, University of Charleston full-time students who transfer in 30 or less transfer credits from other universities.
  3. The Transfer Admissions Pathway is for students currently enrolled in another PA program who are unable to continue their education in their current program.


Traditional Admissions Pathway:

Fast Track Admissions Pathway:

Transfer Admissions Pathway:

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