Mount St. Joseph University

Physician Assistant Program Orientation Brings Inaugural Class Together

Academics, Graduate Academics, Physician Assistant Studies, Physician Assistant, School of Health Sciences, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

By: Megan Simmermeyer

File Under: inaugural cohort, physician assistant, physician assistant program

Physician Assistant student group shot
The PA program's inaugural cohort consists of 32 men and women from a variety of backgrounds.

In early January, the Mount’s Physician Assistant (PA) program hosted orientation for its inaugural cohort of 32 students. The class met for the first time and quickly became familiarized with the classrooms and labs, courses, and each other.

Noah Freppon, one of the 32 students, says, “It was exciting…We also spent a considerable amount of time becoming familiar with our professors, our expectations, and what the various resources were available to us at the Mount.” In addition, they ordered their beginning medical equipment, like stethoscopes, as well as their scrubs and lab coats.

Students at orientationFor Freppon, he is most excited to see his personal progress as part of the inaugural class. “To be able to learn all this information pertinent to my career goals will be a reward in its own,” he says. “I cannot wait to see my progress and dedication toward improving my craft in the healthcare field.”

Freppon began his experience within the healthcare field as an undergraduate student and has continued to develop that passion with graduate school. He is joined by men and women who come from a variety of educational backgrounds—some with only undergraduate degrees, while others hold graduate degrees.

In addition to the variety in college degrees, the inaugural PA class embodies a sense of diversity. For instance, the students hail from seven states, including Oklahoma, Texas, and New Jersey. And the class itself consist of two thirds women and one third men. Together, they average almost 2500 hours in direct patient care experience.

Students at orientation“To be able to care for, and give service to the community that needs my healing is my goal as a Physician Assistant,” Freppon says. “I truly believe that Mount St. Joseph’s PA program will not only prepare me to be a knowledgeable, successful clinician, but also continue to instill in me the values and tools to aid and change the lives of those around me.”

To learn more about the Mount’s Physician Assistant program, visit our webpage.

Middle Photo: For orientation, the cohort learned about and purchased their beginning medical equipment. They gathered in the Corona Room to learn more.

Bottom Photo: The orientation was a chance for the PA students to get to know each other, like the young women pictured.