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Jacksonville Physician Assistant Class of 2021 Orientation

Orientation Overview

  • Date: Tuesday-Friday, May 14-17, 2019
  • Orientation Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 10:00 am
  • Orientation Venue: The Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Orientation for the Class of 2021 is May 14-17, 2019. The Orientation Week kicks off with the Opening Orientation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 10:00 am at the Schultz Center located at 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville FL., 32207. Students are allowed to bring guest(s) and must submit a RSVP for their guest.  Following the opening orientation ceremony, additional afternoon activities will take place at the Jacksonville campus.

The following additional days, May 15-17, 2019, will consist of activities familiarizing 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 between one and two guests. Each student must submit an RSVP form by Friday, April 19, 2019. All forms should be returned via email to Kandee Griffith.

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 14-May 17, 2019.  The Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week will be Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Mrs. Griffith will be your point of contact for the Orientation. Also, please ensure that all background check, physical examination and immunization requirements are met before entry into the program.

You will also receive information from Dr. Racheal McInnis, the Academic Director. Some of the information needs to be completed prior to your matriculation into the Program. Please follow the instructions carefully and click on the all the links to ensure you have completed and complied with all requirements.

Again, congratulations and welcome. We look forward to seeing you and your family on May 14th.



Dr. Charlene Bolton,
Program Director
Assistant Professor


Dear Physician Assistant Students,


Congratulations and welcome to Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program located in Jacksonville, Florida.  The hard work and determination it has taken to achieve this accomplishment deserves recognition. 

The Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week will be Tuesday, May 14, 2019.  Additional information for the ceremony can be located in the ORIENTATION DOCUMENTS section on the Orientation website.  Following the Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week, mandatory orientation sessions are scheduled on May 14, 2019 through May 17, 2019 and are reserved for students only.

Students are to read all the documents in the ORIENTATION DOCUMENTS section, located on the Orientation website, as there are many items that must be completed prior to the first day of orientation.  Pay close attention to the items that must be completed and sent to the Office of Admissions.  For questions about any of the items, feel free to contact Kandee Griffith, Admissions Counselor, at 904-245-8913 or me via phone 904-245-8981 or via e-mail at  

In preparation for the first Physical Diagnosis Lab, students are required to purchase the equipment on the Diagnostic Equipment List prior to the first lab for the Physical Diagnosis course.  This equipment may be purchased ahead of time, or students may elect to wait until they arrive on campus, as an instrument fair will be held during orientation week.  If students would like to know more about the options offered at the equipment fair, they can review the 2019 NSU-PA Diagnostic Equipment Order Form available after May 1.  This resource will provide students with an opportunity to research options and make purchases in advance.  If there are any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Physical Diagnosis course directors, Dr. Rappa via phone 904-245-8985 or via e-mail at or Professor Finck via phone 904-245-8984 or via e-mail at

The course syllabus for the Medical Terminology course is located on the Orientation website.  This course is independent and self-taught.  Students should review the syllabus and begin working on the course material 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 approximately four weeks after the semester starts.  If students are not successful in passing the exam, they will be required to take a remedial examination.  For any questions about this course, please contact the course director, Dr. Burnham via phone 904-245-8979 or via e-mail at

Lastly, the summer semester classes officially begin on Monday, 20, 2019 at 9 AM.  All students are expected to be in attendance.  The academic calendar for the summer semester will be available for students prior to that time.

Again, congratulations and welcome.  I look forward to meeting everyone at the Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week.


Dr. Racheal McInnis

Academic Director/Assistant Professor

Summer Registration

Registration for Summer 2019 term will be coordinated by the Admissions Counselor during the month of March.

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 with samples will be held during Orientation Week with the vendor, Welch Allyn. The PA Diagnostic Equipment List provides a list of all requirements including the approved lab attire. The purchase of approved lab attire will be coordinated by the Admissions Counselor.

Each year, the Tom Lemley Student Society (TLSS), the official student organization for the Jacksonville PA students, hosts a fundraiser, selling lab bags which include the approved lab clothing, a lab bag and other essential items.  Information on the lab bags will be emailed to students on the contents and the ordering process. 

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 at the Jacksonville Campus during orientation week.

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 will be completed during orientation.  All students will need to register their vehicles to obtain a free parking permit.  During orientation, students will complete the 2019-2020 parking application and return the Parking Permit Application with copy of valid car registration.

All Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division (HPD) Physician Assistant students are required to maintain adequate health insurance during their matriculation in the program.  Students are automatically enrolled in the Nova Southeastern University Student Medical Insurance Plan and the charge is assessed to the student account.  For health insurance questions visit: or email  Waivers and pricing for 2019-2020 are available after May 1, 2019. Students who choose to opt out of the NSU health plan must do so by July 1, 2019.


Deposited and accepted students are required to authorize the Health Professions Division to obtain background checks and are required to complete a physical exam and immunizations. Please note that incoming students must complete all requirements and submit documentation by May 1, 2019.

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 Nova Southeastern University student email account.  When received, students will follow the instructions for uploading physical examination and immunization documents to the  CASTLE BRANCH Portal. If you do not receive your link from Castle Branch , contact your admissions counselor. If you have any difficulty setting up your account or logging in, please contact Castle Branch at (888) 723-4263. This process for uploading forms to CASTLE BRANCH will not start until after April 12.  The deadline for completion of this process for the Jacksonville Campus will be    communicated via email from Mrs. Griffith, Admissions Counselor. 


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