Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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"The Physician Assistant Program fosters an environment that promotes the acquisition and application of culturally sensitive, patient-oriented clinical knowledge and skills to produce a diverse workforce of primary care physician assistants who practice medicine with competence, professionalism, and compassion driven by academic excellence and a spirit of service to the community."


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.


Class of 2020 Craws for a Cause fundraiser Class of 2020 Craws for a Cause fundraiser

We are so proud of the Class of 2020 for raising $9,919 for The Learning Tree!!! This year, the didactic class hosted Craws for a Cause, an annual crawfish boil and silent auction, that allowed us to raise money for such a special cause.  Every year, the USA PA Studies Program didactic class selects a philanthropy then hosts a fundraiser to support the cause. The Learning Tree is a nonprofit organization that provides services including residential housing and education for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, such as autism. Thank you to everyone who supported us, whether it was by attending, buying a t-shirt, or sponsoring! It all added up to an awesome amount for a great cause! When the check was presented, we were lucky enough to have some Learning Tree students attend. What a way to kick off the summer semester!

Molly Addison
Philanthropy Chair
Physician Assistant Studies Program
Class of 2020


Clinical Rotation Abroad

Clinical Rotation Abroad
Clinical Rotation Abroad
Clinical Rotation Abroad


Students may apply to complete a clinical rotation in Women's Health in Cusco, Peru. The University of South Alabama has partnered with a non-profit organization, Friends of Cerviscusco, that is under the supervision of Dr. Daron Ferris. During this rotation, students are immersed in the Quechua culture and learn the practices of healthcare in a developing nation. In addition, students are given time to adventure and sightsee around the country.

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, healthcare 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 healthcare workforce in all health disciplines.
  • Enhancing the quality of care and improving healthcare outcomes.
  • Addressing the healthcare 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.