The Physician Assistant curriculum consist of 56 credits; 34 in the didactic or first year, 22 in the clinical or second year, and 32 general education and science credits. Tuition for Florida residents is $116.22 per credit for non-residents it is $400.51 per credit. A special course fee of $280 per credit is charged for both resident and non-resident student. Consequently, the total cost of Physician Assistant tuition registration for Florida residents is $22,188.32; the total cost of registration for non-residents is $38,108.56. These fees are subject to change depending on legislative action.
A $25.00, one-time non-refundable Program application fee must be paid by any applicant seeking an A.S. degree program from MDC PA Program. Payment should be made to the Bursar's office and a Program Application Transaction Record form should be filled out.
Additional Program expenses include textbooks (between $60 and $300 per course), medical equipment and lab coats (approximately $800), liability insurance ($15/year), medical accident insurance ($10.50/year), annual physical examinations, and fees associated
with courses other than the Physician Assistant courses. Students enrolled in PA courses must have a current ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) card and an OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) certificate. These courses are provided by MDC
for an additional fee.
The nature of the application process for acceptance into the PA Program is highly competitive; therefore, effective January 5, 2003, an applicant officially accepted into
the PA Program must provide a non-refundable Program acceptance deposit of $400.00 to guarantee an applicant's seat in the Program. The deposit will be applied towards registration and tuition fees. Fees are not refunded if an applicant fails to enroll, maintained eligibility for admission, or withdraws from the Program.
All students at the Medical Campus should apply for financial aid, which includes the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Subsidized loans. The Campus also offers emergency short-term loans and a variety of scholarships.
Application can be made in the Financial Aid Office (Room 1201) on the Medical Campus. Those who apply before April 1st for the following academic year are given priority. Only courses in which students have registered before the 100 percent refund date qualify for financial aid. For additional information, call the Financial Aid personnel at 305-237-4160.