LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Clearfield, PA – As a part of the spring semester Lock Haven Clearfield Campus speaker series, campus alumna Jennifer Bell made the presentation “Considering a career as a physician assistant” last week in front of Lock Haven students, faculty and staff and members from the Clearfield and surrounding communities. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Using her own journey as an example, Jennifer presented the process involved in becoming a physician assistant, or P.A., as well as what the job is "really" like. Lock Haven Clearfield students considering the profession learned more about what is involved with the career, her own insider's view of the process, and the daily life of a P.A.
“We are so fortunate to have such a successful alumna back to our LHU Clearfield campus to share her experience, knowledge and wisdom,” Dr. Marianne Hazel, Interim Dean of Clearfield Campus commented. “Her discoveries help to motivate our students. We thank her for being an important part of our learning community.”
“Jennifer was a displaced worker from the Clearfield area who came to the Clearfield campus to "try out" higher education”, said Health Sciences professor from the Clearfield Campus, Dr. Amy Way. “She earned her associate degree in Healthcare Professions before going on to earn the bachelor's degree and then the Master of Science [Physician Assistant].”
“It provides undergraduate students one of the most authentic snapshots they could hope to have about the journey they will embark on in their pursuit of their chosen career,” said Walter Eisenhauer, Department Chair and Director of the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant program. “As a faculty member it provides us with a snapshot of how we have influenced a mission student going through the program and what was formative about their experience. As an institution it demonstrates how we are meeting our mission to the region [to inform and educate our community].”
The presentation is available to view on the Lock Haven Clearfield Campus website, www.lhup.edu/clearfield.
LHU Clearfield Campus is a branch campus of Lock Haven University which is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. LHU Clearfield Campus is conveniently located in Clearfield, PA on route PA-322 and close to Interstate-80. For additional information about LHU Clearfield, visit the website at www.lhup.edu/clearfield.