Medical school eyes Crestview for physician assistant program

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 04:17 PM.

Local and rotating FIU students

An expected source of students is local Air Force personnel with medical training who want to be licensed to practice after separating from the military, Peaden said.

The county's "great school system" was also a draw, Peaden said.

The program would most likely begin by bringing students from FIU to rotations at area hospitals before opening the full-fledged physician assistant program in Crestview, Gutierrez said.

School staff would arrive to establish the PA program several months before opening a campus.

Gutierrez will visit Crestview in September and give presentations on the proposed school for city leaders and the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce

"I'm looking forward to going up there," Gutierrez said. "We are very excited."

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