Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Services commonly provided by physician assistants incudes taking medical histories, performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting lab tests, assisting in surgery; and counseling patients. Physician assistants are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
Physician assistant education is designed using the medical model that emphasizes basic sciences, clinical sciences and the critical thinking skills required to compliment physician practice. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, physician assistants must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for the recertification exam every six years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.
The Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program represents the first Master Degree entry level program within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The 24 month program leads to a Masters of Health Science Degree which is awarded by Lock Haven University, and a certificate as a Physician Assistant. With four locations, Lock Haven University Main Campus, Clearfield Branch Campus, Dixon University Center Campus in Harrisburg, PA, and Charles Cole Memorial Campus in Coudersport, PA via distance education (Instructional (Internet, interactive) TV delivery), the LHUP program offers students a high quality affordable educational experience. In addition to the core PA education received at all campus locations, students concentrate their studies on the care of underserved populations. The program incorporates the use of state of the art technology, a module based teaching format. Extensive use of small group learning, service learning strategies and a variety of clinical experiences result in greater than 94% first time pass rate on the NCCPA board examination. Students and graduates highly rate the quality of their educational experience and their preparedness for entry level clinical practice. While emphasizing primary care, program graduates work in a variety of clinical settings including surgery and surgical subspecialties, pediatrics, OB/GYN, Internal Medicine, and others.
Core PA Program faculty are available onsite at both campus locations and consist of physicians, physician assistants, pharmacologists, and professors of basic human and social sciences from Lock Haven University. The core physician and PA faculty have over 130 years of cumulative health care experience and represent leaders within the PA profession and PA education.
The Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The program was last reviewed in 2012 and received a five year accreditation cycle. The program is slated for a site visit in September of 2017. http://www.arc-pa.org/
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