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Physician Assistant Program

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

About the Program Physician Assistant Program

Our vision is that our graduates will be PA leaders in health care technology and clinical practice.

The Barry University Physician Assistant Program educates students in the practice of collaborative medicine and encourages life-long learning and professional development. It fosters a technology rich environment and clinical training experiences among diverse patient populations. The Program enables students to develop competencies required to meet the health care needs of contemporary society.

The Barry University Physician Assistant Program is dedicated to producing ethical, caring, and well-prepared physician assistants. As a PA student, you will spend part of your training in underserved and disadvantaged communities, with an emphasis on primary care.  The Program also works to give you sufficient knowledge of scientific research design and statistics to read and intelligently interpret medical literature.

Barry University’s Mission includes the core commitments of knowledge and truth; inclusive community; social justice; and collaborative service which are reinforced in the program curriculum.

Barry University Physician Assistant Program:

  • Utilizes innovative technology to conduct instructional education via interactive videoconferencing (IAV).
  • Conducts a 40 hour total Immersion Medical Spanish course for all students.
  • Provides the opportunity for clinical rotations in diverse/underserved communities.
  • Contains a diverse student population within the two campuses.
  • Has strong affiliations with community hospitals and health organizations in Miami and St. Petersburg.
Course Curriculum What is a Physician Assistant?

All candidates who successfully complete the Program will be awarded the Master of Clinical Medical Science degree.

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Physician Assistant Purpose Program Overview

The purpose of the Physician Assistant Program is to prepare well-trained health care providers who will extend and complement the capabilities of physicians in primary health care delivery. This purpose is accomplished in a responsive academic and clinical environment conducive to the pursuit of excellence in graduate medical science education, research, and community service.

The Barry University Physician Assistant Program educates students in the practice of collaborative medicine and encourages life-long learning and professional development. It fosters a technology rich environment and clinical training experiences among diverse patient populations. The Program enables students to develop competencies required to meet the health care needs of contemporary society.

About the Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Barry University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Barry University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will March 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. Click here to view the program's accreditation history.

Barry University Pass Rates Student Attrition Table

Barry University Physician Assistant program pance ranking over the past five years

Physician Assistant Program Locations

Miami Shores School of Podiatric Medicine

Address

320 NW 115th Street Miami, FL 33168

St. Petersburg Physician Assistant Program

Address

7200 66th Street North Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Experiential Learning Preceptors

A portion of the PA students' clinical training involves working in physician-supervised practices. To complete this aspect of PA training, Barry University depends on the generosity of active clinicians who assume the role of Clinical Preceptor and open their practices up to our students. By offering to serve as a Clinical Preceptor, you will be providing students the opportunities they need to build upon their knowledge and further develop diagnostic skills and clinical reasoning.

Barry University’s Physician Assistant Program is an intensive twenty-eight-month program for students seeking a Master of Clinical Medical Science degree. Our students will come to your practice with a solid foundation, having already completed a year of didactic and practical instruction.

After Barry PA students complete a year of clinical rotations, they move on to a final three-month didactic phase which provides them with an in-depth knowledge of scientific research design and statistics, and the analytical skills necessary to read and interpret the medical literature. The valuable clinical experiences they will gain under your supervision will enable them to successfully complete their education at Barry University.

If you are interested in participating in the education of Barry University PA students as a Clinical Preceptor, please download and complete the Preceptor Application and email it back to Casie Parker, MSPAS, PA-C; Clinical Coordinator at cparker@barry.edu.

Preceptor Application
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News

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Physical Assistant Continuing Medical Education

The mission of Barry University College of Nursing and Health Sciences is to provide comprehensive continuing medical education to medical practitioners through appropriate learning activities. These activities will serve to develop or augment the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of health care providers as they provide services to patients, the public, and the profession. We will offer CME activities for physicians (DPM), athletic trainers, and physician assistants as well as other medical providers who wish to attend the programs. The goal of the CME program is to keep medical personnel abreast of current technological and medical advances in their field. Our offerings will include the following formats: lectures, audio and video taped programs, teleconferences, journal readings and internet programs.

The Physician Assistant Program offers an annual, five day review course specifically designed to assist physician assistant students and physician assistants in their preparation of the NCCPA certification and recertification exams.

Each attendee has the opportunity to earn AAPA Category 1 CME credits and fulfill the Florida state license renewal requirements for Prevention of Medical Error and Domestic Violence.

The course closely follows the NCCPA content blueprint in the selection of topics and overall organization to provide a well-structured review of the subject matter in the certification and recertification exams. The course also highlights the major aspects of primary care clinical medicine and will be useful for primary care physicians, family practitioners, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and students in all these disciplines.

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The goal of the CME program is to keep medical personnel abreast of current technological and medical advances in their field.

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Grants

  • Primary Care PA Training Project

    In 2001, the Physician Assistant Program was awarded a three–year grant of $439,917 by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions.

  • Distance Education PA Training Project

    2004: The Physician Assistant Program was awarded over $475,000 for its third three–year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions to support distance education.

  • Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry

    In 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded Barry University's Physician Assistant program $1.5 million in grants to address primary health care shortages in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).

Physician Assistant Program Faculty

The odds are definitely in your favor at Barry University. Our student-faculty ratio is only 15:1. That means you get personal attention and guidance, and nobody gets lost in the shuffle. Even more impressive, over 80 percent of our faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree available in their field of expertise.

We seek out professors who are not only great teachers, but who love what they do. Their passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration are contagious, and there's no better way to keep young minds excited about learning and discovering. Beyond each teacher's area of expertise, our faculty is committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. Through education, everyone can have a voice.

Admissions Overview Getting Started

Congratulations on taking the first step to pursue your passion, advance your career, and make a difference in your community. We are committed to assist each student through the admission process.

Whether you transition straight from undergraduate studies to a graduate program or have been out of school for some time, we offer a welcoming and professional environment for graduate study.

With small class sizes, there is a considerable amount of personalized attention from your faculty and opportunities to build strong relationships with fellow classmates.

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Physician Assistant Program Insurance/Student Health Requirements

Upon entry to the PA Program, every student must have health insurance coverage which meets Barry University requirements, including coverage of occupational exposures and proof of listed immunizations and vaccinations.

Students are advised that faculty of the Program are prohibited by accreditation standards from providing health care services to students. Students must not seek health care from their didactic or clinical faculty.

Financial Aid Affordable for you.

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with small class sizes, personalized attention, and academic excellence. Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

Financial Aid Programs

Tuition and fees apply to all students regardless of campus. Specific fees and costs of attendance for the PA Program include:

Fees by Campus
Miami Shores
St. Petersburg
*Tuition (increased annually) $ 34,134 per year $ 34,134 per year*
Didactic Year Fees $1,500 $1,500
Clinical Year Fees $1,500 $1,500
Advanced Didactic Year Fees $500 $500
Health Insurance Plan $899-1911 (age based) $899-1911 (age based)
Graduation Fee $150.00 $150.00
***Technology Fee $75 per semester $75 per semester
Laptop computer $1,350.00 $1,350.00
Medical Instruments $1,100.00 $1,100.00
Books / Supplies $4,425.00 $4,425.00
Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens $660.00 $660.00
Student Accident Plan (mandatory per semester) $22.00 $22.00
**PDA or Smart Phone in clinical year $500.00** $500.00**
Clinical travel $2500-3500 $2500-3500
***Transportation $7,730 $7,730
***Living $3,540 $3,540
***Room / Board $24,000 $24,000

Tuition and fees apply to all students regardless of campus. Specific fees and costs of attendance for the PA Program include:

Fees by Campus
*Tuition (increased annually)
Miami Shores $ 34,134 per year St. Petersburg $ 34,134 per year*
Didactic Year Fees
Miami Shores $1,500 St. Petersburg $1,500
Clinical Year Fees
Miami Shores $1,500 St. Petersburg $1,500
Advanced Didactic Year Fees
Miami Shores $500 St. Petersburg $500
Health Insurance Plan
Miami Shores $899-1911 (age based) St. Petersburg $899-1911 (age based)
Graduation Fee
Miami Shores $150.00 St. Petersburg $150.00
***Technology Fee
Miami Shores $75 per semester St. Petersburg $75 per semester
Laptop computer
Miami Shores $1,350.00 St. Petersburg $1,350.00
Medical Instruments
Miami Shores $1,100.00 St. Petersburg $1,100.00
Books / Supplies
Miami Shores $4,425.00 St. Petersburg $4,425.00
Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens
Miami Shores $660.00 St. Petersburg $660.00
Student Accident Plan (mandatory per semester)
Miami Shores $22.00 St. Petersburg $22.00
**PDA or Smart Phone in clinical year
Miami Shores $500.00** St. Petersburg $500.00**
Clinical travel
Miami Shores $2500-3500 St. Petersburg $2500-3500
***Transportation
Miami Shores $7,730 St. Petersburg $7,730
***Living
Miami Shores $3,540 St. Petersburg $3,540
***Room / Board
Miami Shores $24,000 St. Petersburg $24,000

*A limited number of tuition discounts are available. Additional late fee, late registration, tuition deferred payment plan and other fees may apply. Tuition, fees, and costs are subject to change. Tuition for in-state and out-of state residents is the same. Medical supply costs are dependent on personal selection of equipment. The Barry University Financial Aid office assists all students at all campus locations in obtaining financial aid. As part of an agreement between St. Petersburg College (SPC) and Barry University through the SPC University Partnership Center, the Program provides a 20% tuition discount to up to 4 students per year who are both accepted into the St. Petersburg student cohort and who graduated from SPC.

**Students must purchase their own phone plan at additional cost.

***Rate set by University. Rate is subject to change.

Policies and Procedures

A complete description of our policies and procedures may be found in the graduate catalog.

2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

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