About the Program
Welcome to the University of South Florida Physician Assistant (USFPA) Education Program website. The University of South Florida is proud to be starting a new physician assistant education program in the Morsani College of Medicine, Internal Medicine Department. The program is now in its infancy and has applied for provisional accreditation through the Accreditation Review Commission for the Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The process will take until the results of the provisional accreditation visit are released, October 2014. In the meantime preparations are in progress to complete the application and ready the facility for the Charter Class entering in May 2015.
The University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program anticipates matriculating its first class in June, 2015, pending provisional accreditation in September, 2014. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards. Provisional accreditation must be awarded in order for any new PA Program to take applications for admission. The USF PA Program will not begin if we are denied provisional accreditation.
The USFPA program will reach out to the local community and health care institutions as time goes on. Updates in the progress of the program and the state of the application process will be posted on the website as they occur. Links to the website sections will be activated and the prerequisite courses and other qualification will not be final until after we are granted provisional accreditation and are allowed to accept applications. All preliminary pages will be labeled as such until the sections are final and are accepted by the program, the university, and the accrediting bodies.
I welcome your interest and the USFPA will be involving the Central Florida Community in the entire process, from prospective applicants to clinical preceptors to give our students the best chance for success in this highly competitive program and demanding field. The PA profession is growing and the opportunities for success are available. We will do our best to make the USFPA program a premiere program and will reach out to all our partners in the Florida Health ecosystem to expand the availability of affordable, quality health care to all our patients.
Prospective students should periodically view the website for updates and notices. The most successful applicants have a background in sciences and have some experience centered around the health care field. The website will be the primary source of information about the new program and will be updated as the application and credentialing process proceeds. I wish you all well and good fortune in your endeavors.