South University In RPB Welcomes Inaugural Physician Assistant Class

South University is proud to announce the launch of a new Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) program at the school’s campus located in Royal Palm Beach.

Physician assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals who practice across specialties, performing critical roles in medical practice. PAs practice in every state in a variety of settings, improving patient access to quality care. PAs are transforming healthcare through a patient-centered, team-based medical practice.

The first cohort class of 40 students was selected from more than 1,300 applicants across the nation, representing a diversity of ethnicities and healthcare backgrounds.

“We are honored to contribute to these students’ medical education and serve the Palm Beach community,” Department Chair Dr. Ilaria Gadalla said. “South University is focused on developing professionals and mentoring future leaders.”

The MSPA program is one of South University’s leading graduate programs offered within the College of Health Professions available at four of the university’s campuses.

The first South University MSPA program was established in 1997 in Savannah, Georgia. The new MSPA program at the Royal Palm Beach campus will continue to expand, admitting approximately 50 students each year.

Students receive 15 months of classroom and skills education followed by 12 months of clinical rotations focused on core medical disciplines.

Dr. Jeffrey Bishop, medical director of the South University MSPA program, works closely with the students to foster the development of skills essential for patient care. With more than 35 years of patient care in Palm Beach County, Bishop is enthusiastic about his role in training the next generation of providers.

“We are fortunate to have the support and involvement of our community physicians and our local hospitals throughout the student’s 27 months of training,” he said.

For more information about this program, call (561) 273-6500 or visit