University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies

The School of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Florida remains a state-funded graduate level educational program for Physician Assistants in Florida, in recognition of the tremendous need and demand for mid-level health practitioners in the state and the nation. To date, the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies has produced about 2000 graduates, more than two-thirds of whom remain in Florida for clinical practice.

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor, master, specialist, engineer, doctoral and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-697-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida.


1972 PA Program (PAP), affiliated with the UF College of Medicine (COM), was established as an Associate of Science degree program at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville. First class begins.

1974 First class graduates.

1977 PAP moves to UF COM as a Bachelor of Science degree program.

1983 PAP moves to UF College of Allied Health Professions with pledged resources and support from UF COM.

1993 PAP returns to COM with the Department of Medicine as its academic home.

1994 PAP doubles enrollment from classes of 30 to classes of 60 in response to legislative mandate.

1996 PAP changes to a graduate level degree program offering the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree.

2009 PAP becomes the School of Physician Assistant Studies (SPAS) and moves to department-level within the College of Medicine.

2015 Through the generosity of one of its graduates, SPAS offices moved into the Randolph S. Mahoney, PA, School of Physician Assistant Studies Suite in the newly constructed Harrell Medical Education Building. The move signifies a first that UF’s medicine and physician assistant schools are housed exclusively together.