PAEA 50th Anniversary: Fast Facts About the South University Tampa PA Program

Fast facts about the South University, Tampa PA Program
Courtesy of Thomas J. Williams V, MHP, PA-C

Program Name & Location:  South University, Tampa, Tampa, Florida

Program mission, vision & values: To educate a diverse student population as providers of high-quality, cost-efficient health care who will make a positive impact while practicing the art and science of medicine with physician collaboration.

What year did your program welcome its first class of students: 2010

Key milestones in your program’s history:

  • 2009 – Provisional Accreditation
  • 2010 – Matriculation of first class
  • 2012 – Accreditation continued
  • Graduation of first class
  • 2016 – Student programs at local free clinic
  • 2017- Accreditation continued following site visit in 2016
  • First “Back to School”, novel CME on-site program in conjunction with FAPA
  • 2018 – Increase in class size to 48

How many students have graduated to date: 451

How has your program grown from the first class to today:

  • 24 to 48 students
  • Three teaching rooms to five
  • Seven to 10 faculty/staff

How has your program contributed to creating a more diverse, just, and equitable profession: Through our mission and educational programs

How has your program impacted the community it serves: Student society has been very active over the past 10 years with multiple community programs and a local free care clinic.

How do you envision the next 50 years of your program: Changes included in the curriculum as the PA profession changes.