Physician Assistant Program - Fort Lauderdale

Faculty and Staff

Melissa Coffman, Ed.D., PA-C

Melissa CoffmanMelissa Coffman joined the Nova Southeastern University's Physician Assistant Program in August 2004 and currently serves as the Department Chair and Program Director.  At NSU, she has held many positions including faculty, course director, Assistant Clinical Director, and Assistant Director / Associate Chair. She lectures in a wide range of clinical and professional topics and has served on the curriculum committee, admissions committee and continuing medical education committee for the Physician Assistant Program. She is also an active participant on the NSU Council on Continuing Medical Education, and the Nu Sigma Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Eta Society.

Dr. Coffman graduated from the Long Island University/Brooklyn Hospital Center Physician Assistant Program in 1997. After graduation, she practiced clinically in Interventional Cardiology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York while pursuing her Master's Degree in Public Administration at New York University.

In 2000, Dr. Coffman entered the field of health education at Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital's Physician Assistant Program in New York City. At Pace University, Melissa served as an Associate Director and Senior Clinical Coordinator, as well as being the course director for physical diagnosis and clinical procedure skills. During this time, she also worked per-diem at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY in the field of Internal Medicine.

In May 2013, Melissa obtained her Doctorate of Education from the Nova Southeastern University Abraham S. Fischler School of Education.  Her degree focus was Health Care Education and Curriculum Development.  Her dissertation was entitled “Evaluation of a Patient Education and Communication Skills Program”

Dr. Coffman feels blessed to have a career that involves her two passions; medicine and teaching. She is dedicated to seeking various ways to further develop her skills. She has been actively involved in the Physician Assistant Education Association, and as an adjunct online instructor in Human Diseases and Conditions for Kaplan University.

Dr. Coffman resides in Plantation, Florida where she enjoys reading, cooking, and most of all, spending time with her family.