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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

PA Day of Giving Feature

PA Day of Giving to take place Friday, Feb. 12

The UF College of Medicine Office of Development and Alumni Affairs will host the first annual PA Day of Giving Feb. 12 to help endow the Wayne D. Bottom Scholarship Fund at the School of Physician Assistant Studies. Interested in giving? Visit or call 352-273-7986.


School of PA Studies director, student featured in Gainesville Sun

A photo of School of PA Studies director Ralph Rice, DHSc., PA-C, and second-year PA student Jed Galasso was recently featured alongside a news article titled: Providers see good, bad in change to Medicaid managed care.


Physician assistant alumni host panel for students

Graduates of the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies class of 1999 visited Gainesville Nov. 20 to host a panel discussion for first- and second-year PA students.

Accreditation Statement

The Accreditation  Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant  (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the School of PA Studies sponsored by the University of Florida College of Medicine. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA  Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The appropriate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2017. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Mission  |  Vision  |  Values  |  Goals

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 vision statement, values and goals can be found here.