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About Physician Assistants

Physician assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions.

Recent News

Class of 2015 Becomes Visting Chefs

Class of 2015 Becomes Visting Chefs

As part of our monthly volunteer service series, the Class of 2015 recently became “visiting chefs” at the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida in Gainesville. This organization helps house […]

Happy PA Week!

“Happy PA Week!” I say to a passerby while handing out a lollipop and info card at our PA Week booth. As I noticed the bewildered look on his face, […]

Class of 2015 Observes Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Class of 2015 Observes Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month! In partnership with the College of Medicine Medical College Council, the first year PA students hosted three guests that live with Sickle […]


Ceremony honors bodies donated for science, education

Each summer, physician assistant students at the University of Florida participate in a gross anatomy lab. The Physician Assistant Class of 2015 recently held a ceremony to honor those who selflessly gave themselves to medical education and future patients.

The First UF SPAS Newsletter!

The first issue of the SPAS newsletter was sent out via email in May. If you missed seeing it, you can read it by clicking here.

National Certifying Exam Pass Rate

National Certifying Exam Pass Rate

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Physician Assistant Studies is to recruit high quality students to become exemplary physician assistants who will serve the people of Florida and the nation as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.


The School of Physician Assistant Studies will continue to be recognized as a leader in the education of physician assistants.


Excellence—in patient care and education, through the use of the latest technology, evidence-based practices, and life-long learning

Integrity—ethical, fairness, honesty, accountability

Diversity—recognizing and respecting each person’s individuality

Compassion—to all people, through empathy and self-reflection

Service—to our profession, College, University, community, and nation


First-time pass rate of 100% on PANCE

Graduate 100% of entering matriculates

Educate and develop a workforce reflective of the diversity of the nation that is prepared to provide competent care across cultures

Student receive the knowledge necessary to enter practice work environments as a clinical PA upon graduation

Develop life-long learners

Our students and graduates will demonstrate professionalism at all times