Physician Assistant Programs
About Our Programs
Nova Southeastern University provides Physician Assistant training opportunities at four locations in Florida. Matriculating in the North Miami facilities of the former Southeastern University of Health Sciences, the first class completed their training in the new Health Professions Division of the newly merged Nova Southeastern University in 1995. The Southwest Florida Program in Ft. Myers enrolled its initial class in 2005, the Orlando program began in 2007, and the program in Jacksonville accepted its inaugural class in 2009.
New, dedicated classroom facilities utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art technologies are located in the Health Professions Division complex on the main campus in Davie as well as the NSU Student Education Centers in Ft. Myers, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Each of the programs uses advanced patient simulation technology and makes extensive use of online resources to facilitate learning.
The extensive network of clinical training sites throughout Florida are managed collaboratively by the four programs utilizing a shared, online resource optimizing the scheduling, reporting, evaluation and data gathering. Clinical experience opportunities range from the large urban centers to rural and underserved areas in partnership with the Florida AHEC system which provides housing in several areas. Students, as well as faculty, participate in a wide variety of volunteer community service events in their respective areas, including the annual Florida Rural Medical Mission providing valuable interdisciplinary service-learning experiences.
The Physician Assistant programs, while separately accredited, share a common mission to educate caring and competent health care providers vital to providing access to those in need of basic health care and as leaders in the transformation of the health care system.