Physician Assistant Program - Jacksonville
Frequently Asked Questions
The Successful Applicant to the NSU PA Program Jacksonville will have combination of life, educational and work experience that shows a commitment to patient care, an understanding of the PA profession and the ability to perform in a demanding academic and professional setting. Competition for entrance into PA programs is strong.
Although not required, health care experience is highly recommended. This experience can be either paid or volunteer and should include exposure to mid level practitioners. Additionally applicants may gain valuable information from the material available as Associate Members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Past educational performance, while not indicative of current abilities, can predict performance in the program. Every attempt should be made to enhance overall and science course GPA prior to application. The first year is extremely demanding and the applicant will benefit by taking courses that simulate this type of education.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation - Continued to the Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program in Jacksonville, Florida sponsored by Nova Southeastern University. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Continued 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2015.
Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 on a four point grading scale.
Required Courses: The college requires applicants to earn a grade of "C" or better in each of the following required subjects:
- College Math - 3 semester hours (sh.)
- English - 6 sh..
- Humanities/Arts - 3 sh.
- Social Sciences - 9 sh.
- General Chemistry (I & II) including laboratory - 8 sh.
- Microbiology including laboratory - 4 sh.
- General Biology OR Zoology including laboratory - 4 sh.
- Human Anatomy & Physiology - 6 sh.
- Biochemistry OR Organic Chemistry - 3 sh.
- Genetics - 3 sh.
All prerequisite courses must be completed at the college level, and transcripts from foreign countries must be translated to show college courses, grades, and semester units equivalent to the U.S. educational system. "But this doesn't seem fair." There are only a few schools in Florida offering P.A. programs and probably hundreds of applicants in the same situation. Our program has admitted undergraduates pursuing their first degree, post baccalaureate students, graduates students, displaced workers pursuing a second career, and a variety of medical professionals.
EACH APPLICANT WAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE ADMITTED ON AN EVEN PLAYING FIELD.
- Tuition $27,850 per 12 months (we are a 27 month program)
- Post Acceptance Fees ($1,000 total)
- Acceptance Fee (Due within 2 weeks of acceptance) - $500
- Deposit (due February 15th) - $250
- Pre-Registration Fee (due April 15th) - $250
- Student activity fees - $900 per year
- Health Professions Division General Access Fee - $145 per year
- Clinical Support Charge ($400 per semester for the three semesters of clinical training)
- Graduation fees - approximately $300
- Physical examination course equipment - $750 to $1000
- Required books - $1500 - $2000
- Recommended books - $1000
- NCCPA Review Course and books (optional) - $400
- NCCPA PANCE (National Entry Level Board Exam) - $425
- Florida State Licensing Fees (Initial) - $400; Prescriptive License - $400
- Housing (variable) - Area apartments run from $850 (with roommate) to $1500 per month
- Parking - free on campus
- Computer lab, e-mail account, MDConsult database - free on campus
- Computer (home) and printer- approximately $1500-2000
- Due to the demands of the program curriculum, the program strongly discourages any outside employment.
Yes. All of the requirements must be met by everyone, including International Medical Graduates (IMG's). All transcripts from other countries must be evaluated by an evaluation service within the United States. (Please see Evaluation Services for a listing of suggested services used by our applicants who are graduates of medical schools from other countries.) International transcripts that are submitted without official evaluation will not be considered.
Also, please note that there is no test which IMG's can take to challenge the NSU PA program at Jacksonville, obtain a PA license or become nationally certified as a PA. All IMG's accepted into the program must complete the entire program. Courses previously taken in medical school can not be substituted for courses to be taken in the NSU PA program.
This question is difficult, if not impossible, to answer. There is no way to determine what the applicant pool will look like each year. A variety of people with various backgrounds apply to the program each year, and a variety of applicants are accepted. There is no way to say who will or will not be admitted, nor guarantee anyone's admittance. Do your best to present yourself well on paper.
While we expect a minimum of 600 applications to be submitted each year, only approximately 60 will be admitted. Unfortunately, we cannot admit all who apply to NSU's PA program at Jacksonville; therefore, it is always a good idea to apply to other schools as well. Many applications are not considered due to incomplete applications.