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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
 
 
 
Veteran Applicants
   
•  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
•  Resources
•  Contact Us




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Veterans Information

The physician assistant profession has its roots in the military.  The first physician assistant class was begun in 1965 by Dr. Eugene Stead of the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, and was composed of former U.S. Navy hospital corpsmen. The curriculum he designed was based in part on his first-hand knowledge of the fast-track training of medical doctors during World War II.

Our program is dedicated to recruiting and accepting veterans into the program. Qualified veterans who meet our minimum requirements will receive an interview. A minimum of six seats will be reserved for the matriculate Class of 2015 for those who successfully complete the interview process. We’re proud to help our veterans become Physician Assistants!

The University of South Alabama has excellent resources for veterans, and is a Yellow Ribbon School, which offers resources to assist veterans and their dependents with tuition costs. It is also a Servicemembers Opportunity College, and adheres to the highest standards of respect and integrity when dealing with our veterans.  For details on the quality of service the university promises its veterans, visit  Principles of Excellence at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/principles_of_excellence.asp.

Also, VITAL (Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership) is a new collaboration VA Health Care, local colleges and universities, and Veteran Student groups, to help veterans with their academic and career goals. Click here for a PDF information sheet.



Admissions

Veteran applicants will follow the same procedures for application as any other applicant.  For the minimum requirements needed, visit PA Admissions. For instructions are how to apply, visit How to Apply.

New veteran students should report to the Office of Veterans Affairs (see below) at the time of application to the university. Certification for benefits must be requested in writing and signed by an advisor for each term.  All degree programs are approved for the education of veterans, service members, and dependents of veterans eligible for benefits under the programs of the state and federal Department of Veterans Affairs.


Contacts


Physician Assistant Admissions
pastudies@southalabama.edu or (251) 445-9345.

Office of Veterans Affairs
Robert Dean, Coordinator, at rdean@southalabama.edu
http://www.southalabama.edu/registrar/veterans.htm.

Veterans Affairs PA Association
http://www.vapaa.org/

The Society of Army Physician Assistants
http://sapa.org/









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