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
- Schedule an informational meeting with Dr. Michael Johnson or Cyndi Ranallo
- 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
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Florida State University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Florida State University.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.