University of Charleston

The University of Charleston PA program is aware of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on our prospective students, and, therefore has made the following changes to our Application Analysis Process for the upcoming 2020 CASPA application cycle:

  • Pass/Fail Grades – The UCPA program will accept pass/fail grades for prerequisite courses completed in Spring and Summer 2020 semesters.
  • Prerequisite Course requiring Lab – The UCPA program will waive lab requirements for prerequisites for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters.
  • Transcripts – The UCPA program will accept unofficial transcripts for the 2020 application cycle, as processed and accepted by CASPA only. All transcripts should still be submitted through CASPA. However, official transcripts must be provided to the UCPA program prior to matriculation should you be accepted into our program.
  • COVID19 Impact Essay – Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the UCPA program recognizes there are many challenges facing prospective students/applicants, which may fulfill requirements of our application cycle, including but not limited to obtaining health care experience, securing professional references, and completing academic courses at this time. As a result of the pandemic, CASPA has included an optional COVID-19 Impact Essay for applicants to discuss any hardships or challenges faced during this pandemic which may limit or affect areas of his or her application. The UCPAP strongly recommends that anyone who feels unable to completely fulfill any of our requirements during this time, to complete this essay clarifying the reasons for missing requirements, as part of his or her 2020 application, prior to submission so reviewers are made aware of the situation in consideration of the application.

All applicants must complete the required prerequisite coursework in the following table prior to matriculation into the Physician Assistant Program. These courses do not have to be completed prior to application, but there must be a feasible plan for their completion prior to the program start date for which application is being made. Under no circumstances will applicants be allowed to begin the Physician Assistant Program if these courses are not completed prior to the program start date.

To be considered for the Physician Assistant Program, all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Course Description Length
Human Anatomy Anatomy must be “Human”. Comparative or Vertebrate Anatomy will not be accepted. Two-semester combined Human Anatomy & Physiology course sequences are acceptable but must be completed at the same institution to provide consistency. UC students are recommended to take BIOL 301 and BIOL 302 to fulfill this requirement. Prerequisites must be completed within 10 years of matriculation into the UC Physician Assistant Program. (Effective Spring 2020 Application Cycle.) 1 semester

(at least 4 credits including required lab)

Human Physiology Physiology courses must be “Human”. Comparative or Vertebrate Physiology will not be accepted. Two-semester combined Human Anatomy & Physiology course sequences are acceptable but must be completed at the same institution to provide consistency. UC students are recommended to take BIOL 301 and BIOL 302 to fulfill this requirement. Prerequisites must be completed within 10 years of matriculation into the UC Physician Assistant Program. (Effective Spring 2020 Application Cycle.) 1 semester

(at least 4 credits including required lab)

General Biology General biology course designed for majors. For UC students, BIOL 130 is acceptable. 1 semester

(at least 4 credits including required lab)

Microbiology A general Microbiology or Medical Microbiology course is acceptable.  UC students are recommended to take BIOL 331 to fulfill this requirement. 1 semester

(at least 4 credits including required lab)

Chemistry Courses in General Chemistry, Chemistry, and Biochemistry will be accepted. 2 semesters

(at least 8 credits including required lab)

Organic Chemistry Organic Chemistry I and II 2 Semesters (at least 8 credits including required lab). (Effective Spring 2020 Application Cycle)
Statistics Course directed towards an understanding of foundational statistics. 1 semester
College Algebra or Higher Course covering the foundations of Algebra; introductory Calculus or higher is acceptable. 1 semester
Psychology Introductory, Developmental and Abnormal Psychology courses are acceptable. 1 semester

**Biochemistry – While not required, these courses are strongly recommended. At least one semester.

**Medical Terminology – Any course in medical terminology.

** Suggested coursework – Direct Admission applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be considered for acceptance.

UC's CASPA GRE Code is: 8830