Program History

Palm Beach Atlantic University and PA Education

To meet the needs of the underserved healthcare communities in Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Atlantic University developed several undergraduate medical majors to prepare it’s students for the rigor of medical graduate programs. PBA continues to expand its ability to medically serve the local community by adding graduate programs in Nursing, Pharmacy, and now Physician Associate, growing the ability to serve an even broader medical community. Students are expected to have extensive healthcare experience prior to matriculation, which is required to adapt to the concentrated, high-intensity style of PA education. Palm Beach Atlantic is proud of this program and its founding leaders. Phil Tobin, Kara Valentine, Martin Clinard, and Shawn McPartland are the pioneering leaders of this program, and they will have a legacy in PA education at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

The PA’s Role in Healthcare

Today, PAs practice in all areas of medicine and are leading community health centers. They are front stage in the healthcare policy arena, are changing healthcare by playing a key role in changing healthcare delivery through innovation and research, and are leaders in the classroom. Given this, in 2021, Palm Beach Atlantic University built its strong tradition of educating medical providers with the development of the Master of Medical Science in PA Studies program within the School of Health Professions.

A Unique Educational Experience

The novel approach to the 27-month curriculum delivery, expanded clinical opportunities, interprofessional education with other School of Health Profession students, and the ability to harness all that Palm Beach Atlantic University has to offer makes a truly unique educational experience. The PBA School of Health Professions is proud to offer a Master of Medical Science Degree in PA Studies, which will accept students from throughout the U.S. who have a desire to impact our future healthcare system. Each year’s cohort will consist of 56 students with the first two cohorts building years of 42 and 48 students.