Physician Assistant Program - Jacksonville

Class of 2018 Orientation

Dear PA Class of 2018,

Welcome to the Nova Southeastern University's Jacksonville Campus Physician Assistant Program and your first step toward a rewarding and challenging career as a Physician Assistant. The Academic Year will begin May 17, 2016 with an Orientation ceremony to begin at 10:00 am and luncheon to follow. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing you with the finest resources as well as the best learning opportunities possible. Our goal is to make your experience at Nova Southeastern University the best available in the nation.

Additionally, you will find important information provided by Ms. Kandee Newman, the Admissions Coordinator for the Physician Assistant-Jacksonville program. Now that the admission process is complete, Ms. Newman will serve as your point of contact for the orientation. Of primary importance are the background check, physical exam, and immunization requirements. These requirements must be met before entry into the program, as you will be coming in contact with patients during the first year. Please return the forms to the Certified Profile as soon as possible so that your transition into the program will proceed smoothly.

In addition to the above material, you will find other vital information from Professor Charlene Bolton, Academic Director, which will need to be completed before you matriculate into the program.

Again, congratulations on your selection and welcome to Nova Southeastern University's Jacksonville Campus Physician Assistant Program. We look forward to seeing you and your family on May 17th. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kerry L. Whitaker, DHSc, PA-C
Program Director
Assistant Professor

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 17- May 20, 2016.  The Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Your guests are invited 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 904-245-8986. You may also contact Ms. Newman, Admissions Coordinator via email 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 Monday, June 6, 2016. At that time, the PA faculty will be available to ensure that the equipment purchased meets the Program’s guidelines. You may purchase diagnostic equipment at the instrument fair held during orientation week. If you would like to know more about the options offered at the equipment fair, you can review the 2018 NSU-PA Diagnostic Equipment Order Form. 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 Bolton via phone 904-245-8986 or via E-mail at or Professor McInnis via phone 904-245-8981 or via E-mail at

Lastly, 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 because the examination for this course will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 9:00AM. 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.

Again, congratulations and welcome. I look forward to meeting you on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

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

Orientation for the Class of 2018 is May 17 – 20, 2016. The Orientation Week kicks off with the Opening Orientation Ceremony followed by three days of activities to orientate students to the PA program, the Jacksonville campus, and Nova Southeastern University.

The Opening Orientation Ceremony is Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel located at 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville FL., 32256.  Following the event, afternoon activities will take place at the Jacksonville NSU campus.

The dress code 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.

The Orientation Ceremony is open to a maximum of 2 guests per student. Each student must submit an RSVP form by Friday, April 20, 2016. All forms should be returned via email to Kandee Newman.

Summer Registration

Registration for Summer 2016 will be completed by the Academic Coordinator, Mrs. Barbara Morrison who will communicate via your NSU e-mail account in the month of May to confirm summer registration and provide a copy of the class schedule. For the Fall semester 2016 and beyond, students will be responsible for registering for their classes.

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. Information on booklist will be provided after April 1, 2016.

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 requirements. If you would like to review Welch Allyn products, you can review the 2017 NSU-Jacksonville PA Diagnostic Equipment Order Form. It is recommended to not pre-purchase items prior to attending orientation. The equipment list and order form will be made available after April 1, 2016.

The Class of 2017 is selling the lab bags as a fundraiser.  The lab bag will consist of all approved clothing for Physical Diagnosis lab, a lab bag and other essential items.  Samples will be available on Saturday, April 9, 2016 after which an order form will be available online and payments accepted through the Marketplace.

Lab Coats will be ordered during Orientation Week. A representative from the NSU Bookstore will be present to take measurements, orders and payments. The approximate cost is between $30-40 per coat.

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

The parking permit process is coordinated by the Jacksonville campus Financial Aid Services Counselor. All students will need to register their vehicles to obtain a no-fee parking permit.  Applications are available online and when completed can be turned in during Orientation Week or sent directly to the Financial Aid Services Counselor. Applications are not to be submitted to the Ft. Lauderdale/Davis campus.

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, 2016. Information about the plan will be available after April 1, 2016. For health insurance questions visit: or email Waivers are available after April 1, 2016 and due by June 1, 2016.

The immunization and criminal background processes are coordinated through a 3rd party vendor, Certified Profile, and are to be completed prior to attending orientation. The cost of the background check is the student’s responsibility and is paid electronically directly to Certified Profile. To begin the electronic process each student will receive an e-vite sent to your NSU student email account after April 1, 2016. When received, students will follow the instructions for uploading physical examination and immunization documents to the Certified Profile Portal. This will be followed by completion of the background check utilizing the Certified Portal. All deadline dates will be communicated by Kandee Newman, Admissions Coordinator.