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Jacksonville Physician Assistant Class of 2019 Orientation

Orientation Overview

  • Date: Friday, May 12 - Friday, May 19, 2017
  • Orientation Opening Ceremony: Friday, May 12, 2017, at 10:00 am
  • Orientation Venue: Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel, 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville

Dear Physician Assistant Student:

Congratulations and welcome to Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program at Jacksonville. Your hard work and dedication have started you on a journey toward becoming a part of a rewarding healthcare profession.  Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing you with the education and resources needed to become a competent healthcare professional.

Before starting the Program, you are required to attend Orientation Week which will be held May 12-May 19, 2017.  The Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week will be Friday, May 12, 2017. Each student is allowed to bring one guest to attend this ceremony; however, the rest of the week is reserved for students only.

Additionally, please read through the ORIENTATION DOCUMENTS section, as there are many items that must be completed prior to the first day of orientation. Pay close attention to the items that must completed and sent to the Office of Admissions. If you have any questions about any of the items, feel free to contact me at or at 904-245-8975 or contact Mrs. Kandee Griffith, Admissions Coordinator, at 904-245-8913 or at

In preparation for the first Physical Diagnosis Lab, you are required to purchase the equipment listed on the Diagnostic Equipment List. The equipment should be purchased by Thursday, June 1, 2017. At that time, the PA faculty will be available to ensure that the equipment purchased meets the Program’s guidelines. You may purchase this equipment ahead of time, or you may elect to wait until you arrive on campus, as an instrument fair will be held during orientation week. If you would like to know more about the options offered at the equipment fair, you can review the 2019 NSU-PA Diagnostic Equipment Order Form available after May 1. This resource will provide you an opportunity to research your options and make purchases in advance. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the course directors, Professor Finck via phone 904-245-8984 or via E-mail at or Dr. Rappa via phone 904-245-8985 or via E-mail at

On the Orientation website, you will find a syllabus for the course, Medical Terminology. This course is an independent self-taught course. Please review the syllabus and begin working on this course as soon as possible. Pace yourself by planning to read a certain number of chapters per day and completing the worksheets. The examination for this course will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM. If you do not successfully complete the examination, you will be required to take a remedial examination. If you have any questions about this course, please contact the course director, Dr. Hugh Rappa, at or at (904) 245-8985.

Lastly, your classes begin on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9 AM in an effort to accommodate the busy academic schedule. The expectation is that all students will be in attendance.

Again, congratulations and welcome. I look forward to meeting you on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Charlene Bolton, M.S. Ed., M.M.S., PA-C
Program Director/Academic Director
Assistant Professor

Orientation for the Class of 2019 is May 12-19, 2017. The Orientation Week kicks off with the Opening Orientation Ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017. The Opening Orientation Ceremony is Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel located at 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville FL., 32256. Students are allowed to bring one guest and must submit a RSVP for their guest. Following the event, afternoon activities will take place at the Jacksonville campus.

The following week, May 15-19, 2017, are additional days of orientation activities to familiarize students to the PA program, to the Jacksonville campus, and to Nova Southeastern University. Attendance for all orientation events is mandatory. Students will not be excused from any portion of orientation.

The dress code for the Opening Orientation Ceremony and Orientation week is business professional attire for all orientation events unless otherwise indicated. 

  • Professional attire for men includes suit or slacks, shirt, socks, shoes, and necktie.
  • Professional attire for women includes suit, dresses or skirts of appropriate length or slacks, blouses, and closed toe shoes.

 Each student is allowed to bring one guest per student. Each student must submit an RSVP form by Friday, April 21, 2017. All forms should be returned via email to Kandee Griffith.

Summer Registration

Registration for Summer 2017 term will be communicated via your NSU e-mail account during the month of April to provide instructions on registration and provide a copy of the classes to register for Summer 2017.

Summer Booklist

Students are responsible for obtaining all required textbooks and materials. Books can be purchased through the NSU bookstore and some are available online through the NSU Library system.

All students are required to have their own diagnostic equipment to perform physical examinations. An equipment fair will be held during Orientation Week with Welch Allyn. The PA Diagnostic Equipment List provides a list of all requirements including lab uniform. It is recommended to not pre-purchase items prior to attending orientation.

The Class of 2018 is selling the lab bags as a fundraiser for the annual Mission Trip.  The lab bag will consist of all approved clothing for Physical Diagnosis lab, a lab bag and other essential items for $85. Payments will be made through NSU Marketplace. All paper order forms should be submitted electronically to

The NSU Shark Card is the official Nova Southeastern University identification card. All students, faculty, and staff are required to carry the NSU  Shark Card for identification purposes. In addition, the Shark Card can be used as a library card and copy machine purchases. A representative from the main campus will be onsite during Orientation week to issue all Shark Cards.

All students, faculty and staff at Nova Southeastern University's campus in Jacksonville are required to obtain a parking permit. For the Jacksonville campus, the parking permit process is coordinated by the Geoffrey Wynn, Financial Aid Services Counselor. All students will need to register their vehicles to obtain a no-fee parking permit. Please go to the NSU Public Safety Website and print, fill out, and return the Parking Permit Application to the NSU Jacksonville Campus. You will need a copy of your vehicle registration and your Shark Card when you pick up your parking permit from your designated campus. This process can be completed during orientation week.

All Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division (HPD), (except part-time OT/PT students), Farquhar Day, and all Ft. Lauderdale/Davie campus residential students (including graduate students) are required to maintain adequate health insurance.

During Orientation Week, a representative from the Student Medical Center will be present to review the Student Health Insurance Plan. All students are required to be insured. Students are automatically enrolled in the Nova Southeastern University Student Medical Insurance Plan and the charge is assessed to the student account.  The effective date of the Student Health Insurance is June 1, 2017.  For health insurance questions visit: or email Waivers and pricing are available after May1, 2017 and are completed online.

The immunization and criminal background processes are coordinated through a 3rd party vendor, CASTLE BRANCH, and are to be completed prior to attending orientation. To begin the electronic process each student will receive an e-vite sent to your NSU student email account.  When received, students will follow the instructions for uploading physical examination and immunization documents to the  CASTLE BRANCH Portal.  Deadline for completion of this process is prior to attending orientation.

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