Physician Assistant Program

FAQs

Yes. USF MCOM PA Program has been granted the status of Accreditation-Provisional by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Official ARC-PA Statement:
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the USF Morsani College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of South Florida.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The USF MCOM PA Program curriculum is delivered over 24 continuous months. The program begins with a 12-month didactic phase followed by a 12-month clinical phase.

The USF MCOM PA Program portal on CASPA will open when CASPA opens its application cycle in late April. The application deadline for the class matriculating in May 2020 is November 1, 2019. Interviews are planned to be conducted for invited applicants in the fall of 2019.

The program accepts 50 students per cohort. First day of mandatory class attendance typically begins the first Monday of May of each year. (Dates are subject to change.)
Prerequisite coursework must be completed by December 31st of the year prior to matriculation.
We will be reviewing each application individually, looking for those applicants who will most likely be successful in the program. The prerequisites are meant to be a guide for students to have a better understanding of what we believe will make for a successful student in our program. Although there is no mandate for applicants to repeat prerequisite coursework, applicants who have not been in an academic setting for several years may benefit from taking prerequisite coursework to prepare them for the demands of the program.
No. All prerequisite coursework (including labs) must be completed.
No. Only equivalent courses based on course descriptions and syllabus will be accepted.
Hands-on patient care experiences can come from a variety of places. Many types of patient care hours will be considered. The title of a position is not as important as what the applicant was doing in terms of patient contact and interaction with the patient, their family, and other healthcare providers (physicians, PAs, nurses, etc.).
Yes. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test is required of all applicants. Official scores are required from tests taken within the past five years.
Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien. Permanent Resident Aliens must possess a valid Green Card at the time of application.

Degree and prerequisite coursework taken outside of the U.S. is not accepted (regardless if made equivalent by a U.S. institution).

If you meet these requirements and have the prerequisites as listed on the USF MCOM PA Program website, your application will be considered.

We strongly discourage students from working during the program due to the intensity of the coursework.

There are a couple of resources available at USF and USF Health for prospective PA students who seek academic advising (i.e. review of transcripts, application advice):

The USF Division of Health Professions Advising webpage has links to the various USF Pre-Health Professions Advisors.

The USF Health Preadmissions and Outreach webpage contains information regarding the USF Health programs specifically. Their contact and advising scheduling information can be found there (be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page for all information provided). You do not need to be a current student USF student to take advantage of either of these resources.

Yes! The Pre-PA Society is an official USF Student Organization. The organization is dedicated to educating fellow students about the growing PA profession, encourage and support students interested in the field, and aid students in the preparation and application process. The group provides an opportunity for early networking opportunities in the health care field and facilitates social functions and peer interactions among Pre-PA students. The students usually meet every week or two in the evenings in the Marshall Student Center during the fall and spring semesters. They will often have a PA, PA student or a faculty representative from one of the PA programs at their meetings to answer questions and discuss the profession. You can connect with the group through BullSync or through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/USFPrePA/.