Physician Assistant Science Student Opportunities

  • Explore the Possibilities

    Our students gain real world experience that equips them with the skill sets they need to land world class careers. Below are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you as a future physician assistant student. 

  • Clinical Rotations

    Our students complete eight 5-week rotations in the following specialties:

    • Behavioral Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • General Surgery
    • Women's Health

    They also able able to complete on 5-week elective in the specialty of their choosing. These rotations include private practices and hospitals; in a variety of locations-from rural family practices to inner-city clinics to major medical centers. The majority of clinical sites are in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states; however, rotations are available in various locations within the U.S. and abroad. The only states that we are not able to offer clinical rotations in include Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  We can offer clinical rotations in Tennessee as long as the student makes the initial contact.

    In January of 2012, two of our clinical students completed a five-week rotation in South Africa. The students stayed with a host family in Vangaurd estate. Rosemarie Tyger was in the Ortho Clinic. She applied and removed casts, checked wounds, removed sutures, read x-rays, saw patients, got a history and did physicals. She also assisted during surgery. She saw about 60-70 patients per day in the clinic.

  • Labs

    History and Physical Examination Labs

    This lab provides a clinical-type setting where students are taught the complete history and physical exam and have the opportunity to practice exam techniques on student lab partners. The lab contains:

    • eight examination tables, two of which provide accommodations for pelvic exams
    • two wall-mounted oto-ophthalmoscopes
    • various models to give the students practice on such modalities as suturing and the giving of injections
    • instruments for attaining clinical skills in casting and other orthopedic modalities
    • numerous boney and plastic skeletal models which provide acumen on anatomical knowledge.

    Cadaver Lab

    Cadaver Lab

    Pictures or drawings of the human body provided by books, CD-ROM presentations, and videos lack the ability to provide students with the 3-dimensional sensation working on the human body. The approach in our program is more hands-on, as PA faculty members teach students clinically-applied anatomy via the use of human cadavers, which have been prosected by a Ph.D. anatomist. We are fortunate to have cadavers to use from the Human Gift Registry in the state of Pennsylvania. The PA department procures two or three cadavers per year for teaching purposes.

  • PA Student Society

    PA Society


    The Society is organized and shall be operated as the official organization of the Physician Assistant students at Saint Francis University. To represent Physician Assistant students so as to maximize the benefit of their services to the public, the Society shall:

    • Promote the concept of the Physician Assistant as a member of the professional health care team both in the university and medical community.
    • Promote professional attitudes, awareness, and high medical standards of education among Physician Assistant students at Saint Francis University.
    • Serve as the official liaison between the national and state levels of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
    • Serve as the liaison in establishing and continuing communication between other Physician Assistant student societies, medical societies and other healthcare organizations.
    • Provide or sponsor continuing medical or medically-related education programs for the Saint Francis University students.
    • Provide any information concerning national and state legislation and/or policies, which affect the individual Physician Assistant and/or student in the pursuit of his/her role on the healthcare team.

    Yearly Activities include

    • Hosting community PAs for Q&A nights
    • Sponsoring a table at the Activities fair and CLASS days
    • Organizing a medical equipment and PA clothing order
    • Relay for Life
    • Miscellaneous campus and community events for health screening or PA awareness
  • Internships & Networking

     PSPA Logo  AAPA

    As a student you may participate in professional activities including attending and presenting in professional conferences as you learn new things and are ready to share your research. Membership in the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is enthusiastically supported and encouraged. Some of our students participate in "Challenge Bowl" that occurs each year at the PSPA annual conference. 

    PA Honor Society

    Pi Alpha is the national PA honor society organized for the promotion and recognition of both PA students and graduates. Membership signifies the inductees’ significant academic achievement and honors them for their leadership, research, community/professional service, and other related activities. The society also encourages a high standard of character and conduct among students and graduates. Each year, numerous SFU students are inducted into honor society.

  • C.A.R.E. Clinic

    C.A.R.E. Clinic

    PT Clinical Action

    The C.A.R.E. Clinic - C.A.R.E. stands for "community access rehabilitation for everyone".  We are a student run pro-bono physical therapy clinic for underserved individuals in the rural community.  Students in the physical therapy graduate program at Saint Francis University, along with guidance from professors of physical therapy, work as a team to provide individualized care for each patient.

    The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness

    DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness

    The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness is state-of-the art 30,000 square foot education and research center provides a clinical training area for students as well as an outreach services for under-served rural populations near the university. It houses a student health center, rehabilitation services, a human performance lab. fitness and spiritual wellness areas, and conference facilities.

    A New Science Center

    Science Center

    The Science Center flagship facility was completed in Fall 2013, and provides state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, and research facilities. Students in allied health sciences majors will take many of their foundation science courses in this new facility.

  • Study Abroad

    Service Learning: Hugs Mission Trip

    Study Abroad

    The Hugs United Spring Break Mission Trip is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers of students, faculty, and alumni head to the Dominican Republic to work closely with an orphanage and provide much needed love and support. A team that includes students from Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Science, Nursing, and Education departments help administer health services for patients and children.  It is exciting to see so many of our students dedicate their break to providing medical service in this truly blessed service-learning opportunity.

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