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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
The Program
•  What is a PA?
•  The Program
•  Mission, Vision, and Goals
•  Curriculum
•  Admissions
•  Veteran Applicants
•  How to Apply
•  Tuition and Expenses
•  Technical Standards
•  Program Completion
•  Matriculation Requirements
•  Accreditation & PANCE
•  Primary Care
•  Faculty & Staff
•  Alumni
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The University of South Alabama offers a Master of Health Science degree that provides entry into the profession.

Degree Earned Master of Health Science
Length of Program 27 months
Number of students accepted 40
Matriculation Date Annually in mid-May
Undergraduate Degree required **See note below
Class Type On site, no online classes
Curriculum 121 Credit Hours
Class Schedule Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

**Completion of a Baccalaureate degree in any field provided the prequisite courses listed below are completed with a grade of "C" or higher. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by CASPA, from an accredited institution prior to the starting date of the program is also required. You may have courses prior to matriculation in progress through the spring semester. They must be completed when the program begins in mid-May.

Advanced Placement and Deceleration

The program does not offer advanced placement or deceleration.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations are mostly in Mobile, with other locations in Pensacola and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. All rotations within a 70-mile radius (one-way) are considered commutable. Elective rotations may be considered in other locations. Rural rotations for Primary Care and Pediatrics are required. Click here for the Clinical Rotation Manual.


Program policies strictly prohibit the program and all its academic and clinical affiliates and preceptors from employing any PA students, or utilizing them in lieu of office or clinical staff, while attending the program.
PA students are also strongly discouraged from accepting any other employment while attending the program as this will interfere with their education.

Measures of Success

Please click here for information about the program's success.


Mandatory remediation will be required of any student(s) who receives less than a B (80%) on 2 consecutive course examinations (during either didactic or clinical year), any grade less than 75%, or any student who does not pass the clinical skills practicum on the first attempt. The student's progress will be subsequently monitored and future remediation will be arranged as needed.

Student Handbook

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USA's The LowDown Student Handbook

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Student Progress Committee Policies and Procedures

Click here for our current SPC Policies and Procedures.

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