Students who matriculate into the PBA Master of Medical Science, Physician Assistant Studies program will be required to undergo background checks as those are required to work with minors and to participate in clinical training activities at our partnering clinical training sites. Students with a history of a criminal conviction may not be able to successfully complete the curriculum and progress through the program and may not be able to graduate. Students with a history of criminal convictions should discuss their situation with a program advisor prior to matriculation.
In addition, criminal background checks are required for state licensure in Florida, and a history of criminal conviction may be considered by the Florida Physician Assistant Board as well as other state medical boards and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in the licensure application. Applicants and matriculants with a criminal conviction should consult with these entities prior to matriculation to ensure they will be eligible for licensure upon completion of their degree.
Application materials, once submitted as part of your application, become the property of Palm Beach Atlantic University. Materials will not be returned, and copies will not be provided to applicants or released to other institutions. Please keep a copy for your records.
PBA’s Right of Verification
PBA reserves the right to investigate the authenticity, accuracy, and authorship of materials submitted, information provided, and assertions made in connection with the application.
PBA reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if: (1) An applicant shows a significant drop in academic performance or fails to graduate; (2) There has been a misrepresentation in or breach of the terms of the application; or (3) PBA learns that an applicant has engaged in behavior prior to the first day of enrolled attendance that indicates a serious lack of judgment or integrity.
PBA reserves the right to require that applicants provide additional information and/or authorization for the release of information about such matters, or about any matter relating to your application for admission.
Advanced Standing, Transfer, And Deferral Policy
Due to considerable variation in physician assistant programs throughout the United States, students of other PA programs will not be accepted for transfer into the Program. In addition, applicants to the Program may not receive “advanced standing” based upon previous education or credits taken. Foreign medical graduates must complete the Program in its entirety. Deferral is made on a case by case basis.
Information on third-party websites may not be accurate and is not endorsed or maintained by our program. Please refer only to our website for up-to-date admissions information, including requirements, recommendations, and deadlines.
Statement of Diversity
PBA complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, gender, disability, veteran status, race, color or national origin in any employment practice, admissions, education program or educational activity. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment and access to and treatment in University programs, services and activities.
For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact:
Student Accountability – Lassiter Student Center
Palm Beach Atlantic University
ARC Standard A1.11 Diversity, Ethnic, and Inclusion Practices
The sponsoring institution must demonstrate its commitment to student, faculty and staff diversity and inclusion by supporting the program in defining its goal(s) for diversity and inclusion, supporting the program in implementing recruitment strategies, supporting the program in implementing retention strategies, and making available resources which promote diversity and inclusion.