SC Physician Assistants in high demand, limited program seats

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – With shortages in both Physician Assistant programs and clinical education opportunities, the demand for Physician Assistant’s in South Carolina continues to rise.

Medical University of South Carolina Director of Physician Assistant Studies Dr. Helen Martin says she receives 1,600 applicants and for the 700 who are qualified, the program only has 60 seats. That’s slightly more competitive than MUSC’s M.D. program.

Five other schools in South Carolina have recently opened physician assistant programs, however Martin told The Post and Courier of Charleston that there are few clinics to train them.

Physician assistants examine patients, diagnose illness and provide treatment all under the leadership of a physician. The typical income is around $100,000 per year.

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