Physician Assistant Program Overview
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM WINS 2016 CLEVELAND CLINIC CHALLENGE BOWL
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.
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 Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program is designed to:
- Provide superior physician assistant education
- Prepare physician assistants for the rigors of practicing in a clinical setting
- Promote and foster an awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of communities
- Encourage professional involvement and service
- Instill a commitment to continuous personal and professional development
- Encourage entrepreneurship of physician assistants in their professional careers
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 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 accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and Ohio Board of Regents.