UWF Pipeline

UWF Physician Assistant Pipeline Program (PAPP)

The Physician Assistant Pipeline Program is a mission-based program. The goal is to recruit and train qualified Florida panhandle students to become physician assistants who will care for elderly, rural, minority, and underserved populations in Florida.

Panhandle students with a history of strong academic success and a commitment to underserved care are encouraged to apply to the Pipeline Program. As part of the PA Pipeline partnership agreement between Florida State University and the University of West Florida, up to 8 students for the class matriculating in 2018, and up to 10 students for the class matriculating in 2019 and beyond may be selected for admission to the FSU School of Physician Assistant Practice through the Pipeline Program. Pipeline students must meet specific criteria to be eligible for this program.


Pipeline Admissions Requirements:

  • Must reside permanently in a Florida panhandle county (listed below)
  • Meet all admissions requirements for FSU School of Physician Assistant Practice
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have a prerequisite GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have an average GRE score of greater than 150
  • Successfully complete the program interview process in Tallahassee
  • Agree to complete all clinical rotations in Pensacola
  • Contact Erin Thompson to schedule an informational meeting.
  • Submit completed UWF Physician Assistant Pipeline Program (PAPP) Checklist [pdf] and current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Submit application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)


**Note: Those students who do not meet the criteria established for the Pipeline Program, but meet the regular FSU PA Program admission requirements may still apply to the PA program as a general applicant.** .



Florida counties eligible for UWF Physician Assistant Pipeline Program:

Escambia, Santa Rosa,Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla





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