Preparing students for leadership in research, teaching, the application of knowledge and professional practice.
Programs are built upon the close interaction of faculty members and students, characterized by such values as dedication to excellence, mutual respect, fairness, collegiality, honesty and integrity.
About Our Professional Degree Programs
Physician Assistant Program
The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program trains students in a range of medical, social and behavioral sciences required for competent clinical practice. Physician assistants are educated in basic medical sciences and clinical disciplines, including human anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and clinical laboratory medicine. PA students are taught to hone the cognitive skills required for medical decision-making. Students earn a Master of Physician Assistant Practice (MPAP) degree upon completion of the program and are eligible to qualify for licensure by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam throughout the United States.
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program
The Program of Nurse Anesthesia prepares qualified nurses to obtain a professional doctorate of nurse anesthesia practice; upon successful completion of the curriculum the student is authorized to sit for the certification examination given by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The USC program offers a concentrated academic and comprehensive clinical curriculum. Students will gain experience in the various required clinical specialty areas, including general, cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, plastic, orthopaedic, trauma, obstetric, pediatric and ambulatory outpatient procedures as well as experience in regional anesthesia, pain management, trauma and emergency airway response. Our mission is to promote scholarly education and professional development of future nurse anesthetists with the academic strength and leadership skills to advance our profession.
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) provide graduate level academic and clinical training to enter the field of speech-language pathology. Graduates will be trained in the prevention, assessment and intervention for individuals with communication and swallowing disorders across settings and across the lifespan. The professional entry-level Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology is a rigorous full-time program. Students must meet all admission requirements, including prerequisite courses identified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and must have either a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or Speech-Language Pathology or the equivalent. These undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate programs must be completed at a program from an accredited university in the United States.