Established in 1996, the Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of South Alabama is a Master’s Degree program and is designed for the student who holds a baccalaureate degree in any field.
The program provides the student with comprehensive medical knowledge, skills, and attitudes enabling them to engage in clinical practice, and is designed to prepare the student for a variety of clinical practice settings. The goals and objectives of the program are guided by the criteria set forth in the Essentials and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Physician Assistant, as established by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
Students are prepared for practice using a variety of learning strategies, including, formal lectures, practical laboratory classes, clinical education and clinical research. Graduates develop advanced clinical problem solving skills, in addition to acquiring technical proficiency in areas related to professional practice.
USA PA Studies Welcomes AHEC
The University of South Alabama Physician Assistant Studies Program welcomes AHEC (Area Health Education Center). AHEC programs throughout the U.S. are designed to meet each state's health and health workforce needs by providing educational programs in partnership with academic institutions, health care agencies, and other organizations committed to improving the health of the people in each state in which AHEC operates.
AHEC educational programs and information services are targeted toward:
Our program has successfully partnered with AHEC in order to improve the health and quality of life for Alabamians in rural and medically underserved areas on the Gulf Coast and its northern counties.
- Improving the distribution and retention of healthcare providers, with a special emphasis on primary care and prevention.
- Improving the diversity and cultural competence of the health care workforce in all health disciplines.
- Enhancing the quality of care and improving health care outcomes.
- Addressing the health care needs of underserved communities and populations.
We encourage you to read more about the Alabama AHEC by clicking on this link.
May 1, 2015
2015-2016 Admissions Cycle opens
May 8, 2015
Orientation for new students
May 11, 2015
PA classes begin
November 1, 2015
All application materials due. CASPA application must be VERIFIED by this date.