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Physician Assistant Program - Fort Myers

New Student Orientation

Dear Member of the Class of 2026,

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. 

We would like to welcome you and your family to an Open-House event on Friday, May 10 to explore the campus and meet our Faculty, Staff, and current students. A light breakfast and lunch will be offered.

 Attendance for students at Orientation is mandatory and dress code is business/professional.

Your academic phase will begin with a student only Orientation on Monday, May 13 and Tuesday May 14. During the 2-day orientation, you will get to know your classmates, faculty advisor, and program administration. Additionally, you will be oriented to building safety, Library services, OIIT, the Academic Handbook, platforms used for lectures and exams, and much more.

During Orientation you will also have the opportunity to purchase your Physical Diagnosis attire from the Bookstore and medical instruments from Welch Allyn, after a brief presentation. It is important that the quality of your instruments meets the standard of the equipment we recommend, therefore please plan on purchasing your equipment from Welch Allyn.

On this page you will find important information provided by Ms. Christy Saunders, our Senior Associate Director 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 13, 2024.

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 at our Open House on May 10!

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


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

Open House Confirmation Form

Please complete the form with your preferred time and number of guests to visit to Ms. Christy Saunders no later than Friday, April 12, 2024.

Open House RSVP Form

Orientation 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

Summer 2024 Booklist

Students are responsible to obtain the textbooks and materials listed on the Summer 2024 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. 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.

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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