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Veterans Information

The physician assistant profession has its roots in the military.  The first physician assistant class was begun in 1965 by Dr. Eugene Stead of the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, and was composed of former U.S. Navy hospital corpsmen. The curriculum he designed was based in part on his first-hand knowledge of the fast-track training of medical doctors during World War II.

Our program is dedicated to recruiting and accepting veterans into the program. Qualified veterans who meet our minimum requirements will receive an interview. Currently the program reserves 10 seats for qualified Veteran applicants for the 2016 matriculate class who successfully complete the application and interview process. The USA PA program is the recipient of a 2012 HRSA Title VII PA Training Grant with one of its targeted objectives being the recruitment of veterans to the civilian healthcare workforce by leveraging their military training to becoming certified physician assistants. We’re proud to help our veterans become Physician Assistants!

The University of South Alabama has excellent resources for veterans, and is a Yellow Ribbon School, which offers resources to assist veterans and their dependents with tuition costs. It is also a Servicemembers Opportunity College, and adheres to the highest standards of respect and integrity when dealing with our veterans.  For details on the quality of service the university promises its veterans, visit  Principles of Excellence at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/principles_of_excellence.asp.

Also, VITAL (Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership) is a new collaboration VA Health Care, local colleges and universities, and Veteran Student groups, to help veterans with their academic and career goals. Click here for a PDF information sheet.

For 2015 we have been designated a Military Friendly school.     


Veteran applicants will follow the same application procedures for admission as any other applicant. For the minimum requirements needed, visit PA Admissions. For instructions are how to apply, visit How to Apply.

New veteran students should report to the Office of Veterans Affairs (see below) at the time of application to the university. Certification for benefits must be requested in writing and signed by an advisor for each term.  All degree programs are approved for the education of veterans, service members, and dependents of veterans eligible for benefits under the programs of the state and federal Department of Veterans Affairs.


Physician Assistant Admissions
pastudies@southalabama.edu or (251) 445-9345

Office of Veterans Affairs
Sheila Washington, Acting Coordinator, washington@southalabama.edu

Veterans Affairs PA Association

The Society of Army Physician Assistants

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