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.
The USA Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program is dedicated to recruiting and accepting veterans into the program. Qualified veterans may be given special consideration in the admissions 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.
Also, VITAL (Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership) is a new collaboration VA Healthcare, local colleges and universities, and Veteran Student groups, to help veterans with their academic and career goals. Go to USA's VITAL webpage for additional information.
For 2015 we have been designated a Military Friendly school.
Veteran applicants will follow the same application procedures for admission into
the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program 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.