Physician Associate Program

School(s): School of Health Professions


The Mission of PBA PA medicine is to develop PA’s whom patients seek because of their compassion, spirituality, knowledge, and servant leadership.  



PBA’s new Physician Associate Program will be 27 months long with 17 months of didactic education and 10 months of clinical rotations. 

Anticipating ARC-PA approval, PBA will begin interviewing for the inaugural class in the fall of 2023 and matriculate the first class on October 1, 2024. 

With PBA poised for continued, significant growth in the health sciences, you’ll experience rich, interdisciplinary collaboration. 

PBA prepares you for the real world with a diverse clinical education, where you’ll work specific core rotations in the community or around the world. You’ll graduate from PBA ready to care for those in need with empathy and excellence.

Read more about Dr Tobin's experience with PA programs HERE.


Application Requirements:

CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants)



Deadline for CASPA Application submission: March 1, 2024

  1. Must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and Prerequisite GPA of 3.0
  2. Prerequisite Courses must have been completed within 7 years of application
  3. Applications with no more than TWO outstanding prerequisite courses will be considered. Outstanding prerequisites must be completed by start of program 
  4. Must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in each of the following prerequisite classes/courses.
  • General Biology a including lab - 4 semester hours
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II – 8 semester hours
  • General Chemistry (I & II) including lab - 8 semester hours
  • Organic Chemistry including lab – 4 Semester hours
  • Microbiology including lab - 4 semester hours
  • Psychology – 3 semester hours

*GRE taken in the last 5 years. No score requirement but a combined score of 300 and an essay of 3.5 would be competitive.

Must earn a baccalaureate degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution of higher education before matriculation in the program

  • Official GRE score required
  • GRE must have been taken within 5 years

  • Minimum of Direct Patient Care (DPC) must be completed by start of program
  • Paid or volunteer accepted
  • Other allied health such as MA, CNA, EMT and health professions like BSN, CRT, MD or CLT accepted
  • Careship- designated assignments from Workship at PBA accepted

  • One letter must be from a physician assistant
  • Other letters can be from another healthcare professional (e.g., physician, dentist, pharmacist, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, physical or occupational therapist) and/or from a mentor
  • Please note recommendations submitted by relatives, friends, personal healthcare providers, or personal friends of the family are not acceptable.

  • Biochemistry - 3 semester hours
  • Human Genetics - 3 semester hours
  • Medical Terminology – 1 semester hour
  • GRE with combined score of 300 and an essay of 3.5 would be competitive.
  • More direct patient care hours in different areas
  • Other allied and health professions

Requirements are preliminary and are subject to change. 

Admission Contact Information 



Palm Beach Atlantic University PA program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). PBA PA Med anticipates matriculating its first class in October, 2024, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the June, 2024 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.