CINCINNATI (April 11, 2017) – Mount St. Joseph University announces it has received provisional approval to begin a Physician Assistant (PA) program. The Mount is the only university in the Greater Cincinnati area to offer a PA program, with its first class of students to begin course work in January 2018. The accreditation-provisional status is granted by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) for a new PA program that will soon enroll students.
“The Mount is thrilled to have the only provisionally approved PA program in the Cincinnati area,” said Diana Davis, Ph.D., provost. “We have capitalized on our expertise in the health sciences to develop a high-quality program to help fill the growing need for PAs in all areas of health care.”
The Mount’s PA program is a 27-month, year-round graduate program that will emphasize critical thinking and lifelong learning through its use of hands-on patient care and state of the art technology. Upon completion of the program, graduates earn a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) and are eligible to take the PA National Certification Exam (PANCE).
Creighton B. Wright, M.D., a highly respected thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, serves as the first medical director of the Mount’s program.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of PAs will grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024. Median pay for PAs in 2015 was $98,180.
According to Patrick Cafferty, MPAS, PA-C, and director of the Mount’s PA program: “PAs are vital to improving the overall health care of our region. The Mount’s rigorous education program for PAs will enable these clinicians to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medicine in collaboration with other members of the health care team. They will be trained as generalists with a strong foundation in primary care, making them adaptable to the needs of this community.”
Interested students may submit applications for the PA program through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA).
“PAs have been shown to enhance health care delivery, improve outcomes and lower health care costs when part of the health care team,” said Darla Vale, Ph.D., dean of health sciences at the Mount. “We are excited to offer another quality graduate program to students who are interested in health care careers.”
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Mount St. Joseph University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Mount St. Joseph University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
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Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic university and sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs emphasizing values, service, and social responsibility.