Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Established in 1996, the Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of South Alabama (USA) is a Master’s Degree program and is designed for the student who holds a baccalaureate degree in any field.

The PA 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.



  • Clinical Rotation Abroad
    Dept. of PA students may apply to complete a clinical rotation in Women's Health in Cusco, Peru.

  • AHEC
    The University of South Alabama Physician Assistant Studies Program welcomes AHEC (Area Health Education Center).