The Florida State University School of Physician Assistant Practice has been selected as Florida’s top PA school in 2021 by Best Value Schools.
FSU’s PA program, one of 10 in Florida, enrolled its initial class in 2017 and has graduated two classes. The program began with 40 students and now admits 60 each year, preparing to reach full capacity (180) for the first time in August. The challenging 27-month PA program models the FSU College of Medicine’s M.D. program in many ways, including its mission statement and clerkship model.
PA students share learning communities with medical students at the central campus for 15 months before completing their degree work in clinical rotations at regional campuses.
Best Value Schools derived its rankings from a formula which takes into account each school’s yearly tuition (in-state) and graduation rate. In its ranking, the web-based publication writes:
“Its affordable tuition and high educational quality put it above the rest of the schools on this list. The PA program at FSU is relatively new, but it has already become well-respected in the field. Its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice takes students roughly 27 months to complete. Florida State University is known for having exceptional facilities, and its simulation lab allows students to practice their skills before they get real clinical experience.”