Graduation Requirements

The following criteria must be met in order to qualify for graduation with the Masters of Health Science degree, and a certificate of completion from the South College Physician Assistant Studies Program. Successful candidates for graduation must:

  1. Satisfactorily complete all the courses within the didactic and clinical learning phases of the Physician Assistant program with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0;
  2. Achieve a minimum grade of 70% in all didactic courses and clinical rotations;
  3.  Successfully complete the Capstone Research Project, Didactic Summative Evaluation, and Clinical Summative Review, with a minimum grade of 80%;
  4. Successfully complete the ACLS and PALS courses;
  5. Maintain BLS certification throughout the program;
  6. Complete 50 hours of program-approved community service;
  7.  Abide by all South College rules and regulations, and settle all financial accounts with South College prior to graduation; and
  8. Abide by professional conduct as defined by the Physician Assistant Program Honor Code.

Each candidate for the Masters of Health Science degree must be free of indebtedness to the College. The graduate degree and the academic transcript or certification of completion will not be given until all financial obligations to South College have been met.

The program completion date is the same as the program graduation date each year. All above graduation requirements must be finalized by the end of business on the day before graduation. Graduation occurs following the clinical learning year in mid-December on the following dates:

  • December 17, 2022
  • December 16, 2023
  • December 21, 2024
  • December 20, 2025

Graduation dates are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Matriculation and attendance at the College are privileges granted to the student in consideration of performance of specified assignments and the maintenance of established standards of personal and professional conduct. The College reserves the right, and the student, by the act of matriculation, concedes to the College the right to require withdrawal at any time the College deems it necessary to safeguard the standards of scholarship, conduct, and compliance with regulations, or for such other reasons deemed appropriate by the College as set forth in this manual and/or the South College Catalog.