Physician Assistant Program Overview
|The physician assistant field is experiencing explosive growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the job outlook for PAs is expected to grow at approximately 30% per year. The average median salary for PAs in 2011 was $88,660 per year. Physician assistants are trained to work with physicians to provide patient care in a broad range of areas. Click here for more information about the profession, provided by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Lake Erie College is committed to providing an outstanding education for our physician assistants in the tradition of our college’s strong academic history.|
Physician assistants provide patient counseling, conduct medical examinations, order and interpret medical tests, prescribe treatments and medications and assist in surgery. PAs are employed in almost all areas of medicine and have many areas for career enrichment and advancement. The Lake Erie College Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program is designed to:
The program is a 27-month professional degree program intended to prepare PAs for the rigors of clinical practice. There is a four-semester didactic phase where students will develop the foundational skills on the road to becoming outstanding clinicians. The didactic phase is followed by a three-semester clinical phase consisting of nine rotations in a wide range of clinical areas. Students will be allowed to select an elective in an area to further develop their skills in an area of interest.
Students will be challenged to apply their skills to clinical practice, contribution to the PA profession, and the development of civic duty in community activities.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant Program. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. it is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The PA program at Lake Erie College is pending final approval from the Higher Learning Commission.