MARION, Va. — Emory & Henry College will officially launch the third graduate offering at the School of Health Sciences on the E&H Marion Campus on Monday with the addition of the master of physician assistant studies program.
The college has already welcomed the first full class of 30 graduate students in the inaugural class. Students in the first cohort are presently involved in their boot camp/orientation week and will officially began classes on Monday. Students and faculty ill also participated in theinaugural white coat ceremony on Monday at the Lincoln Theater in Marion.
Students will attend year-round for 27 months and earn a master’s degree. Physician assistants are advanced practice health professionals who practice clinical medicine as members of a team.
“With a unified goal of continuing the E&H mission-centric and learner-centric curriculum, the PA program will focus on student success and civic engagement, helping students to not only become stellar medical providers focused on providing stellar medical care to the underserved, but also more compassionate and contented human beings with first-hand experience in improving access to high quality, patient-centric medical care in the region,” said Scott Richards, program director.
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, listed physician assistant as the #3 ranked job in its 2017 Ranking of the 100 Best Jobs.
Richards says the program has been designed to be student-centric and mission-focused. To accomplish this, class sizes will remain small. Emphasis will be placed on rural primary care for the underserved and clinical activities will be embedded throughout the educational phase of the program, beginning in the very first week of classes. Clinical activities will include service at the Mel Leaman Free Clinic at…