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Jacksonville Campus Physician Assistant Orientation

Orientation Overview

Date: May 16-19, 2022

Place: Jacksonville, Florida (in person)

Orientation for the Jacksonville Physician Assistant program will be four days, Monday, May 16, 2022 through Thursday, May 19, 2022. The first day of orientation is an opening ceremony with lunch provided. You will receive a schedule of events for the week on the first day of orientation. Students will be allowed to invite up to two guests to attend the opening ceremony.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Orientation for the Entering Class of 2022 is May 16-19, 2022. The Orientation Week kicks off with the Opening Orientation Ceremony on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 10:00 am, at the Schultz Center, located at 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207, for all incoming students and Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant faculty and staff. Additionally, incoming students will be allowed to invite a maximum of two individuals to attend the opening ceremony. More information on the RSVP process will be provided at a later date.

The following additional days, May 17-19, will consist of activities familiarizing students to the Physician Assistant 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 Orientation week  and for the program is business attire for all zoom virtual orientation events unless otherwise indicated. 

  • Professional attire for men includes slacks, shirt and tie, collard shirt , socks, shoes.
  • Professional attire for women includes dresses or skirts of appropriate length or slacks, blouses, and closed toe shoes.


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 16- May 19, 2022.  The Opening Ceremony for Orientation Week will be Monday, May 16, 2022. 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 Monday, May 16, 2022.



Dr. Charlene Bolton, PA-C
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 to achieve this accomplishment does not go unnoticed and deserves special recognition. 

The Opening Ceremony for the class will be Monday, May 16, 2022.  Additional information for the ceremony will be located in the Orientation Documents section on the Orientation website.  Following the ceremony, students will be required to attend all orientation sessions.  These sessions are for students only and provide valuable information for student success.

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 me via e-mail at or Mrs. Kandee Griffith, Admissions Counselor, 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 attend an on campus instrument fair that will be held during the first few weeks of the semester.  If students would like to know more about the options offered at the equipment fair, they can review the 2022 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 me via e-mail at

The Medical Terminology course is an independent, self-prepared, and self-paced course. The syllabus for the course is located on the Orientation website.  Students should review the syllabus and begin working on the course material as soon as possible.  Organize the material so a certain number of chapters and worksheets can be completed each day.  The examination for this course will be held approximately four to six weeks after the semester starts.  If students are not successful in passing the examination, they will be required to take a remedial examination.  For any questions about this course, please contact me via e-mail at

Lastly, the summer semester classes officially begin on Thursday, 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm.  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.  We look forward to meeting everyone at the Opening Ceremony.


Dr. Racheal McInnis

Academic Director/Assistant Professor

Summer Registration

Registration for Summer 2022 term will be coordinated by the Admissions Counselor during the month of April.

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 Health Professions Division, (HPD), Library system. 

All incoming students are required to purchase approved NSU lab wear and approved diagnostic equipment for use throughout the Physician Assistant program.  The purchase of approved lab attire and diagnostic equipment will be coordinated by the two  course directors, Dr. Rappa,  and Professor Finck, . Additional information on the ordering processes will be provided during orientation week. 


The NSU SharkCard is the official Nova Southeastern University identification card. All students, faculty, and staff are required to carry the NSU SharkCard for identification purposes and to access secured areas on campus. In addition, the SharkCard can be used as a library card and copy machine purchases. Students will order their SharkCard and complete the required application after registering for classes for the summer semester.  In addition, the SharkCard office will be on campus during orientation week to take pictures and issue SharkCards in person. The deadline for completion of this process for the Jacksonville Campus will be communicated  by the Admissions Counselor. 

NSU Parking Permits

All students, faculty and staff at Nova Southeastern University's campus in Jacksonville are required to obtain a parking permit. Although NSU parking decals are valid from July 1 through June 30 of the following year, NSU students must renew their permit in the NSU Parking Portal, NSU Parking, at the beginning of each semester.  The application process is completed online through the NSU Parking Portal.  All students will need to register their vehicles as a "Commuter Student" and the parking fee is covered under student activity fee charged each semester.  During orientation, students will have the opportunity to  complete the parking application and provide proof of 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 after registering for class and the charge is assessed to the student account. 

For health insurance questions email  or visit: Student Health Insurance . Waivers and pricing for 2022-2023 are available after May 1. Students who choose to opt out of the NSU health plan must do so by June 15  by completing the online 2022-2023 waiver form.  For detailed information on the plan, benefits, and cost please visit the Student Health Insurance Waiver Application. Please complete the waiver prior to orientation.



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 the deadline established by the department. 

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 30.  The deadline for completion of this process for the Jacksonville Campus will be communicated  by the Admissions Counselor. 


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