The University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies is a continuous twenty-four month, full-time educational program that accepts new students once a year to begin in late June. The Program strives to prepare physician assistants in a broad range of medical and surgical knowledge and skills and educate them to provide high-quality and compassionate health care to diverse patient populations under the supervision of a licensed physician.
The first half of the curriculum consists of an intensive didactic phase taught in the classrooms, laboratories, and clinical facilities of the University of Florida Health Science Center in Gainesville. School faculty, joined by faculty from the College of Medicine and other Health Science Center colleges, teach courses that include the basic and clinical sciences.
The clinical phase of the curriculum is built around 12 one-month clinical rotations at the associated teaching hospitals and clinics of the University Health Science Center, including Shands Jacksonville, and at hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ private practices throughout Florida, from Pensacola to Miami. Clinical settings are spread across urban, inner city, and rural areas.
A capstone project is a requirement for graduation. Capstone project details and development will begin in the academic year culminating in a manuscript and presentation in the clinical year.
Upon successful completion of the two-year curriculum, the student is awarded the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree as well as a Certificate of Completion. The graduate is then eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
The School is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2017.