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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
Class Type On site, no online classes
Curriculum 121 Credit Hours
Class Schedule Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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. The 2014-2015 manual will be available 08-18-2014.

The University of South Alabama Physician Assistant program participates with the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) of Alabama for clinical clerkships.  Students may be assigned to rural rotations in Primary Care and other disciplines at AHEC facilities.


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.


Mandatory remediation will be required of any clinical or didactic student who meets the grounds for remediation. The student's progress will be subsequently monitored and future remediation will be arranged as needed. Successful completion of remediation is defined for the didactic and clinical student per policy.  See Student Progress Committee Policies and Procedures.

Student Handbook

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USA's The LowDown Student Handbook

Click here for the USA's The LowDown Student Handbook.

Student Progress Committee Policies and Procedures

Click here for our current SPC Policies and Procedures.

Residency Preference

Residency preference will be shown only in the instance when an Alabama resident/Service Area applicant and a non-resident applicant receive the same database-generated score. Alabama residents and Service Area residents are classified as resident applicants, and all other applicants are considered non-resident applicants as defined in the University Bulletin. This preference will be applied to the interview invitation list and the acceptance invitation list.

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