Lake Erie College plans to launch physician assistant program by Katie Staats ’09, MBA ’11
“We have developed a collaboration with University Hospitals (UH) that will not only provide options for in today’s ever-changing society, due to the national the College, but also opportunities for the students. healthcare reform and our aging population. According UH has provided $210,000 in funding that will support to the Ohio Job Outlook 2018 report, the number key programs and positions. In addition, an agreement of physician assistants is expected to grow by 33.5 has been reached to assist in the formation of the percent from 2008 to 2018, with an increase of 16 percent in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina advisory committee and we have worked together to develop clinical sites for the counties. Lake Erie According to the Ohio Job Outlook students that may be explored College is prepared to at an appropriate time,” said 2018 report, the number of train healthcare professionals as physician physician assistants is expected to Vice President for Institutional Advancement Scott Evans. assistants to meet the grow by 33.5 percent from 2008 to The need for medical assistance continues to grow
market demands of our society; it will be the sixth institution in Ohio to offer a physician’s
2018, with an increase of 16 percent in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties.
assistant program. Students enrolled in the program will receive a master of science in physician assistant studies. Requirements include a completion of 66 credit hours of didactic courses and 40 credit hours of clinical rotations for a total of 106 credit hours over a duration of 27 months. The College plans to enroll 20 students in the first cohort and increase to 40 students with subsequent cohorts. In order to become one of the 154 accredited educational programs for physician assistants located across the United States, the College has secured a position on the September 2013 board meeting of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant and is currently developing curriculum for the program.
Lake Erie College has received a grant from the John P. Murphy Foundation for the purchase of chemistry equipment for the proposed physician assistant program. This equipment will be used in the state-of-the-art Austin Hall of Science that was opened in January 2011. The building is home to the College’s academic programs in the natural sciences and pre-health professions. The advisory committee for the program was selected during the fall 2011 semester. Members include Dr. Steve Reynolds, associate professor of biology and dean of science and mathematics at the College; Joe Weber, adjunct faculty member; Dale Sheptak, assistant professor of sport management; and Dr. Jana Holwick, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer. Rita McMahon, Painesville city manager; Dr. Jamie Landis, professor of biology at Lakeland Community College; and Steve Jones, president of University Hospital’s Geauga Medical Center, will also serve on the committee.
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