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Jacksonville Physician Assistant Class of 2020 Orientation

Orientation Overview

  • Date: Wednesday-Friday, May 16-18, 2018
  • Orientation Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 10:00 am
  • Orientation Venue: The Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207

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 is May 16- May 18, 2018.  The Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week is Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Mrs. Kandee Griffith, the Admissions Counselor, will be provide additional information and be your point of contact for the Orientation.

To prepare for your entry into the program, there are multiple tasks to be completed. Please ensure the background check, physical examination and immunization requirements are complete before entry into the program.  In addition, Professor McInnis, the Academic Director, will provide additional information on other related responsibilities for you to complete.  Some responsibilities are to be complete prior to your matriculation into the Program.

Additionally, please read through the ORIENTATION DOCUMENTS section and click on the all the links, 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 Mrs. Kandee Griffith, Admissions Counselor, at 904-245-8913 or at

Again, congratulations and welcome to the Entering Class of 2018! I look forward to seeing you and your family on May 16th.



Professor Bolton, M.S. Ed., M.M.S., PA-C
Program Director
Assistant Professor


Dear Physician Assistant Students,


Congratulations and welcome to Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program at Jacksonville.  The hard work and determination it has taken to achieve this accomplishment deserves recognition.  The faculty and staff are dedicated to providing students with the education and resources needed to become a competent healthcare professional.

The Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week will be Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  Additional information for the ceremony can be located in the ORIENTATION DOCUMENTS section.  Following the Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week, mandatory orientation sessions are May 16, 2018 through May 18, 2018 and reserved for students only.

Students are to read all the documents in the ORIENTATION DOCUMENTS section, as there are many items prior to the first day of orientation to complete. 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 me via phone 904-245-8981 or via e-mail at or Mrs. Kandee Griffith, Admissions Counselor, at 904-245-8913 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. Students may purchase equipment prior to orientation or students may elect to wait until they arrive on campus, to purchase at the equipment fair held during orientation week.

To learn more about the options offered at the equipment fair, the 2019 NSU-PA Diagnostic Equipment Order Form will be available after May 1. This resource will provide 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 and book information for the Medical Terminology course, PAJ 540, is located on the Orientation website. This course is independent study and self-taught and will not have class lectures. Students are to 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 Medical Terminology exam is on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM.  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. Rappa via phone 904-245-8985 or via e-mail at

Lastly, the summer semester classes officially begin on Monday, 21, 2018 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 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.


Racheal McInnis, MSN, MPAS, RN, PA-C
Academic Director/Assistant Professor

Orientation for the Class of 2020 is May 16-18, 2018. The Orientation Week kicks off with the Opening Orientation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 10:00 am at the Schultz Center located at 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville FL., 32207. Students are allowed to bring one guest and must submit a RSVP for their guest.  Additional guests may be able to attend, more information to follow at later date. Following the opening orientation ceremony, the afternoon activities will take place at the Jacksonville campus.

The following days, May 17-18, 2018, are additional days of orientation activities to familiarize 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 two guests per student. Each student must submit an RSVP form by Friday, April 20, 2018. All forms should be returned via email to Kandee Griffith.

Summer Registration

Registration for Summer 2018 term will be communicated via your NSU e-mail account during the month of April to provide instructions on registration and provide a copy of the classes to register for Summer 2018.

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 will be held during Orientation Week with Welch Allyn.  If you would like to review the 2018 NSU-Jacksonville PA Diagnostic Equipment Order Form. The PA Diagnostic Equipment List provides a list of all requirements including the approved lab attire, which includes two shirts, one long and one short sleeve and a pair of shorts. The purchase of approved lab attire will be coordinated by Mrs. Kandee Griffith.

The Class of 2019 is selling the lab bags as a fundraiser.  The lab  and supply bag is required  of all students to purchase and consists of some the approved clothing for Physical Diagnosis lab, a lab bag and other essential items for $70. Payments will be made through NSU Marketplace, .  In addition, all paper order forms can be faxed to 904-245-8932 or submitted electronically to

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 during Orientation week to issue all Shark Cards.

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 is coordinated by the Geoffrey Wynn, Financial Aid Services Counselor. All students will need to register their vehicles to obtain a no-fee parking permit. Please go to the NSU Public Safety Website, and print, fill out, and return the Parking Permit Application to the NSU Jacksonville Campus during orientation.This process will be completed during orientation week.

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, 2018.  For health insurance questions visit: or email Waivers and pricing are available after May 1, 2018 and are completed online.


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 prior to Orientation on May 16, 2018.

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 Heidi Jameson at If you have any difficulty setting up your account or logging in, please contact Castle Branch at (888) 723-4263. This process for uploading to CASTLE BRANCH will not start until after April 1.  The deadline for completion of this process for the Jacksonville Campus is prior to attending orientation and communicated via email from Mrs. Griffith, Admissions Counselor. 


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