Physician Assistant Program - Southwest Florida


Dear Incoming PA Student:

Welcome to the NSU PA Program Southwest Florida. Congratulations on your success in your first step towards your ultimate goal of becoming a competent and caring health care professional. Your academic phase will begin with the Orientation session on Thursday, May 22, 2014. The information contained here will include a plethora of information regarding Orientation, as well as information pertaining to the next 27 months of your life! We welcome you and look forward to a fulfilling and rewarding 27 months together!

On this page you will find important information provided by Mrs. Claudia Hoffman-Hodge, our Coordinator of Student Services and Recruitment. Now that the admissions process is complete, Mrs. Hoffman-Hodge will serve as your point of contact for orientation. Of prime importance are the medical history, physical examination, and immunization requirements. These requirements must be met before entry into the Program, or shortly thereafter, as you will be coming into contact with patients during the didactic year. Please return these forms, as instructed, as soon as possible so that your transition into the Program will proceed smoothly. Additionally, you will find “Things to Do Before Orientation” on the main orientation page. Please read carefully through the four steps outlined there and make sure you complete them prior to coming to orientation on May 22nd.

In addition to the medically related materials, you will find other vital information from Professor Kyrus Patch, the Associate Chair and Academic Director. The faculty and staff of the Program are committed to providing you with the finest resources and best learning opportunities possible. Our goal is to make your experience at Nova Southeastern University the best it can be. Again, congratulations on your selection into the Program. We look forward to seeing you on May 23nd!

If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Julie B. Keena, DHSc, MMSc, PA-C
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Physician Assistant Program - Southwest Florida

Welcome Letter from Academic Director

Attendance Confirmation Form

Please fill in and email the completed Attendance Confirmation Form to Claudia Hoffman-Hodge no later than Monday, May 12, 2014.

Orientation Day Dress Code

Please note that the dress code for all orientation events unless otherwise informed, will be as follows:

Students must dress in professional attire.

Students may not wear the following:

Driving Directions

Driving directions from Nova Southeastern University to the Holiday Inn.

Summer 2014 Booklist

Students are responsible to obtain the textbooks and materials listed on the Summer 2014 Booklist.

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. An equipment fair may be held during the first week of class and you will receive information about the equipment available from Welch Allyn, but the PA Diagnostic Equipment List will let you know what you will need.

Immunization, Physical Exam and Hospitalization Forms

Instructions for filling out the immunization, physical exam and hospitalization forms can be found on the main orientation website.

Orientation Documents