Physician Assistant Program - Jacksonville

Class of 2016 Orientation

Dear PA Class of 2016,

Welcome to the Nova Southeastern University's Physician Assistant Program and your first step toward a rewarding and challenging career as a Physician Assistant. The Academic Year will begin May 19, 2014 with an Orientation ceremony and luncheon. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing you with the finest resources as well as the best learning opportunities possible. Our goal is to make your experience at Nova Southeastern University the best available in the nation.

Additionally, you will find important information provided by Ms. Kandee Newman, the admissions counselor for the Physician Assistant-Jacksonville program. Now that the admission process is complete, Ms. Newman will serve as your point of contact for the orientation. Of primary importance are the background check, physical exam, and immunization requirements. These requirements must be met before entry into the program, as you will be coming in contact with patients during the first year. Please return the forms to the Certified Profile as soon as possible so that your transition into the program will proceed smoothly.

In addition to the above material, you will find other vital information from Dr. Hugh Rappa, Academic Director, which will need to be completed before you matriculate into the program.

Again, congratulations on your selection and welcome to Nova Southeastern University's Physician Assistant Program. We look forward to seeing you and your family on May 19th. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kerry L. Whitaker, DHSc, PA-C
Program Director
Department Chair & Assistant Professor

Welcome from Academic Director

Class of 2016 Orientation Day

Orientation week for the entering class of 2014 will be held Monday, May 19 through Friday, May 23, 2014. Orientation begins on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. and continues with a week of activities at the Jacksonville Campus. The orientation week schedule will be provided during orientation. During orientation week, students will order equipment, purchase labs coats, register vehicles among many other important activities to prepare for the PA program.

Class of 2016 Orientation RSVP

Please complete the Orientation Attendance Questionnaire and return via email to by Friday, April 25, 2014.

PA Diagnostic Equipment and Lab Bags

All students are required to have their own diagnostic equipment to perform physical examinations. An equipment fair with a representative from Welch Allyn will be held during Orientation Week. The PA Diagnostic Equipment List provides a list of requirements. If you would like to review Welch Allyn products, you can review the 2014 NSU-Jacksonville PA Diagnostic Equipment Order Form. It is recommended to not pre-purchase items.

Lab Bag Information

The Class of 2015 is selling the lab bags as fundraiser for their class mission trip. The order form and payment are due by Friday, May 2, 2014.

Summer 2014 Course Information

All incoming students will be pre-registered for Summer 2014 by the department. All subsequent semesters, students will self-register and receive registration directions at a later date. The NSU Jacksonville PA book list provides a list of all courses, required and recommended books. It the responsibility of the student to obtain appropriate materials and can order through the NSU Bookstore or any other site of student’s choice.

Summer Booklist

Lab Coats

Students will have an opportunity to order lab coats during Orientation Week. A representative from the NSU Official Bookstore will be present to take measurements, orders and payments.

Shark Card and Parking Permits

The NSU Shark Card is the official Nova Southeastern University identification card. All students, faculty, and staff are required to carry the NSU Card for identification purposes. In addition, the card can be used as a library card, for vending machine and copy machine purchases. For Jacksonville campus, see additional direction.

In addition, student will need to register their vehicles and obtain a parking permit. There is no fee for the Jacksonville Campus. All students should download the Parking Permit Application and provide copy of vehicle registration. This information will be collected during Orientation Week.

Health Insurance

The Health Professions Division is concerned for the health and welfare of its students. Therefore, a program of student health insurance is required. You may choose to be covered by your own personal hospitalization/health unsurance coverage or you may select a policy that will be offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield through Nova Southeastern University. You will meet with a representative from Blue Cross/Blue Shield during orientation week to discuss the coverage. If you would like to learn about the student health insurance policy offered by NSU go to the Student Medical Center webpage and then on the right click onto health insurance. If you decide not to take the NSU health insurance you will be directed to fill out the waiver form, which you can also find by clicking on health insurance. However, you cannot fill out this waiver form until you are registered for the 2014/2015 academic year which you will do during orientation week.

Immunization, Physical Exam and Hospitalization Forms

Instructions for completing the Immunization and Physical Exam process can be found on College of Health Care Sciences student affairs immunization webpage.