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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
•  What is a PA?
•  The Program
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•  How to Apply
•  Tuition and Expenses
•  Technical Standards
•  Program Completion
•  Matriculation Requirements
•  Accreditation & PANCE
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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.


Urgent Needs for Physician Assistants

Click here for information concerning current job openings for Physician Assistants.

Alumni Participates in Life Altering Surgery

PA-C Abbey Vierling, Class of 2011 was privileged to participate in a life-altering surgery recently. The story is quite heart-warming. Abbey said the patient is progressing well.  Please read her comments below and watch the video.

"Hope... all is well at USA. I recently was part of a very cool case and amazing story that made the news both in Louisville and nationally. I will post some links below- thought you all might be interested to hear about it.  I owe all of my success as a PA back to you all at USA!

Dr. Jarrod Little is my supervising physician. I was scrubbed for 12 of the 16 hour case."

May 1, 2014
2014-2015 Admissions Cycle opens

May 9, 2014
Orientation for new students

May 12, 2014
PA classes begin

October 8, 2014
Open House

November 1, 2014
Deadline for receipt of all application materials:
complete and verified CASPA, Supplemental Application, and GRE scores

January 16-17, 2015

February, 2015
Acceptance letters mailed

May 8, 2015
Orientation for new students

May 11, 2015
PA classes begin

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:
  • 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.
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.

We encourage you to read more about the Alabama AHEC by clicking on this link

Endowed Scholarship Received

The USA Department of Physician Assistant Studies recently received its first endowed scholarship due to the generosity of Pensacola, FL residents Dr. Ron Parker and his wife Nancy. The $25,000 scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program at USA.

The Parker's selected USA to honor friends and family who are alumni of the Physician Assistant Studies program and for the program's reputation of being an elite program in the state. The goal in creating this scholarship is to give back to deserving students to receive support in their pursuit of becoming a PA health care professional and decreasing the PA workforce shortage in the USA service area.

First Married Couple in PA Program

When Chase Fullerton, PA-S (Class of 2014) matriculated into the PA program in 2012 it became official. He and his wife Katie Fullerton, PA-S (Class of 2013) became the first married couple to have entered the PA program here at USA. The Fullerton's also became the first married couple to both receive Air Force scholarships. All of this begs the question how did they meet and what brought the Florida natives to PA school in Mobile?

"We met through mutual friends during spring break in 2009," Chase says. "Katie and I had a lot in common including both wanting to go to PA school."

The couple learned about the profession during their undergraduate studies. When they married in 2011 Katie applied for PA school first as she had already completed all of her prerequisites.

"I originally wanted to go to medical school," Katie says, "but I didn't want to be in school for that length of time so when I learned about the PA profession I knew it would be a perfect match."

The Fullerton's were fortunate enough to have applied for and be awarded scholarships from the U.S. Air Force. The scholarships will pay for their tuition, books, equipment, health insurance, etc. in addition to a monthly stipend once they became commissioned officers. Katie became a commissioned officer on January 5, 2012 and Chase on January 31, 2013. Upon graduation they will attend Commissioned Officer Training and then be assigned to a base. Katie hopes to learn where that will be within the upcoming months.

Recent Graduate Deployed to Afghanistan

Click here to read an article about Dustin McNew, PA-C (Class of 2010) and his recent deployment to Afghanistan.

University of South Alabama Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions Department of Physician Assistant Studies