Physician Assistant Program - Fort Lauderdale


Welcome to Nova Southeastern University's Physician Assistant Program and your first step toward a rewarding and challenging new career as a health care professional. The Academic Year will begin at the Health Professions Division campus in Davie, Florida on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 and we are looking forward to seeing you again. The 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 the best available in the nation.

The New Student Orientation & Pre-Arrival Information website compiled by Student Affairs provides vital information in setting up your NSU email, completing your background check, health forms, and parking permits. Please make sure to read the site thoroughly and complete all the necessary information.

In addition, the Physician Assistant Program would like to share vital information which needs to be completed before you matriculate into the program. Please read all the information below to ensure that you are ready to begin your journey to becoming a Physician Assistant. Again, congratulations on your selection, and we look forward to seeing you on May 27th. If I can be of any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Melissa J. Coffman, MPA, PA-C
Department Chair & Assistant Professor
Physician Assistant Department

Welcome Letter from Academic Director

Orientation Day Schedule

Summer 2014 Course Information

Please review the list of course directors for the Summer 2014 Term. Students are responsible to obtain the textbooks and materials listed on the Summer 2014 Booklist.

Please note that you will be pre-registered for your Summer 2014 courses. This means you DO NOT need to register for courses this semester; it will be completed for you. All subsequent semesters will require you to self-register and you will receive appropriate information at that time.

Medical Terminology Course Syllabus

Please review the Medical Terminology Course Syllabus. Please note that the Medical Terminology course is an independent learning course. Please allow sufficient time to study the proper materials to prepare for your exam scheduled in mid-June.

PA Diagnostic Equipment List

Students in the Physician Assistant Program will be required to have their own diagnostic equipment in order to perform physical examinations. The PA Diagnostic Equipment List is a complete outline of all equipment needed.

An equipment fair will be held during the first week of class, and it is advisable to hold off on purchasing equipment before orientation. If you would like to know more about the options offered at the equipment fair, you can review the information from our two attending distributors:

Welch Allyn -  2014 NSU-PA Diagnostic Equipment Order Form

MDF Instruments -

Heine: Check Back After March 24, 2014 to see current 2014 Orientation information

These resources will provide you an opportunity to research your options and arrive at educated decisions for your purchases.  Faculty members will be present at the equipment fair to answer your questions.

In addition to the Equipment Fair, the Class of 2015 are putting together equipment bags for you to purchase as a fundraiser for their class. Click the link to see what more information regarding the PD Equipment Bags.