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Physician Assistant Program - Fort Myers

New Student Orientation

Dear Member of the Class of 2022,

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 Virtual Orientation session on Monday May 18, 2020 through Wednesday May 20, 2020. Attendance 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 18.

Classes begin on May 21. During Orientation you will have the opportunity to purchase your medical instruments after a brief demonstration by an outside vendor. It is important that the quality of your instruments meet the standard of the equipment we recommend, therefore please wait to purchase your equipment until after this presentation. You are under no obligation to use this vendor.

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 18!

If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Charlene Couillard MPAS, PA-C
Program Director
Physician Assistant Program - Fort Myers

Attendance Confirmation Form

Please fill in and email the completed Attendance Confirmation Form to Ms. Renee San Giacomo no later than Friday, April 24, 2020.

Orientation Day Dress Code

Please note that the dress code for all orientation events unless otherwise informed, will be as follows:

Students must dress in professional attire.

  • Professional attire for men includes trousers, shirt, socks, shoes, and a necktie.
  • Professional attire for women includes dresses or skirts of appropriate length (must touch the knee) or pants, blouses, and shoes. Cocktail/formal dresses, anything revealing or low cut is unacceptable for students and all attendees.

Students may not wear the following:

  • Shorts
  • Cutoffs
  • Miniskirts (higher than the knee)
  • Blue Jeans
  • See-through clothing, halter tops, and tube tops
  • Sandals or sneakers
  • Tee-shirts as an outer shirt
  • Jogging or exercise clothes

Guests may dress in business casual.


Summer 2020 Booklist

Students are responsible to obtain the textbooks and materials listed on the Summer 2020 Booklist.

PA Diagnostic Equipment List

Students in the Physician Assistant Program will be required to have their own diagnostic equipment in order to perform physical examinations. An equipment fair may be held during the first week of class and you will receive information about the equipment available from Welch Allyn, but the PA Diagnostic Equipment List will let you know what you will need. You are advised to wait to purchase your equipment at the equipment fair. However, if you choose to purchase your equipment prior to orientation, please be advised that the diagnostic kit must be a full kit, not a pocket kit (including both the otoscope and ophthalmoscope) and the stethoscope must be a cardiology grade stethoscope.

Immunization, Physical Exam and Hospitalization Forms

Instructions for filling out the immunization, physical exam and hospitalization forms can be found on the main orientation website.

Orientation Documents

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