Dear Member of the Class of 2025,
It is with great joy and anticipation that I welcome you to the Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program-Fort Myers. Congratulations on your success in your first step towards your goal of becoming a competent and caring health care professional. Your academic phase will begin with the In-person Orientation session on Friday May 12, 2023 (tentative) 9am at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport- Town Center. Guests are welcome to attend but please limit to 3. Attendance for students is mandatory and dress code is business/professional.
On this page you will find important information provided by Ms. Renee San Giacomo, our Coordinator of Admissions. Of prime importance are the medical history, physical examination, and immunization requirements. These requirements must be met before entry into the Program, or shortly thereafter, as you will be encountering patients during the didactic year. Please return these forms, as instructed, as soon as possible so that your transition into the Program will proceed smoothly. Additionally, you will find "Things to Do Before Orientation" on the main orientation page. Please read carefully through the steps outlined there and make sure you complete them prior to coming to Orientation on May 12th.
Classes begin on May 15th at 8 a.m. During Orientation you will have the opportunity to purchase your medical instruments after a brief demonstration by Welch Allyn. It is important that the quality of your instruments meet the standard of the equipment we recommend, therefore please plan on purchasing your equipment from Welch Allyn.
The faculty and staff of the Program are committed to providing you with the finest resources and best learning opportunities possible. Our goal is to make your experience at Nova Southeastern University the best it can be. Again, congratulations on your selection into the Program. We look forward to seeing you on May 12th!
If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Charlene Couillard DHSc, PA-C
Physician Assistant Program - Fort Myers
Registration for Orientation begins Friday May 12th at 9:00 am (tentative) at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport- Town Center 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Buffet breakfast opens at 9:30 and the program begins at 10:30 am. Orientation concludes by noon and all are welcome to return to the NSU campus at 3650 Colonial Court, Fort Myers, FL. On campus you may tour the building, order scrubs, meet with financial aid, and purchase bookstore items.
Please fill in and email the completed Attendance Confirmation Form to Ms. Renee San Giacomo no later than Friday, April 21, 2023.
Please note that the dress code for all orientation events unless otherwise informed, will be as follows:
Students must dress in professional attire.
Students may not wear the following:
Guests may dress in business casual.
Students are responsible to obtain the textbooks and materials listed on the Summer 2023 Booklist.
Students in the Physician Assistant Program will be required to have their own diagnostic equipment in order to perform physical examinations. You will receive information about the equipment available from Welch Allyn, but the PA Diagnostic Equipment List will let you know what other tools you will need. You are advised to wait to purchase your equipment at Orientation.
Instructions for filling out the immunization, physical exam and hospitalization forms can be found on the main orientation website.