Program Policies

Graduation Requirements

Criteria for Successful Completion of the FSU PA Program

In order to graduate from the Florida State University Physician Assistant Program, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Earn a passing grade, defined as a "C" or better in each required course / clinical,
  • Earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation,
  • Demonstrate successful completion of a summative evaluation, which includes:
    • A Comprehensive Written Examination
    • An Objective Structured Clinical Exam - OSCE
    • A Professional Behavior Assessment
  • Pay all outstanding balances, including tuition, program / University fees, and any imposed fines.

Advanced Placement

The Florida State University Physician Assistant Program does not offer advanced placement.

Student Employment

Training to become a physician assistant demands a full-time commitment. Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, it is recommended that students not engage in outside employment. If a student chooses to work during the academic year, the work schedule must not interfere with class performance or clinical rotation schedules.

Financial Responsibility

Financial Responsibility refers to the process of managing money and other similar assets in a way that is considered productive and is also in the best interest of the individual, or family. Students in the PA Program are individually responsible for all tuition, fees, books, background checks, required medical screenings, medical equipment, required protective equipment not otherwise provided by the PA program or clinical sites, personal medical costs (including those related to exposures to infectious and environmental hazards) and living expenses while a student at Florida State University. This includes expenses related to exposures, injuries or illnesses incurred while performing clinical clerkships/rotations. 

Withdrawal and Refunds

The Florida State University policy on withdrawal and tuition refunds can be found at: https://dos.fsu.edu/withdrawal/refund-of-tuition

 

 

At its September 2020 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Florida State University School of Physician Assistant Practice Program sponsored by Florida State University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in September 2022

Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. 

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn. 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed  on the ARC-PA website