Lawrence Technological University is pleased to announce that it will launch a two-year, master’s degree program in physician assistant studies in Fall 2022.
With the successful completion of the master’s degree, the graduates, after proper board certification, can practice medicine as a Physician Assistant (PA) in states where they are licensed.
There is great deal of demand for the PA profession to help fill the projected shortage of physicians all across the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of PAs to grow 31% between 2018 and 2028, a rate that is much faster than the average for all other occupations. In response to local and national PA shortages and the changing healthcare industry, the Board of Trustees at LTU approved the launch of a new master of science degree in physician assistant studies.
As currently envisioned, LTU’s PA program is a 24-month, full-time, year-round graduate professional program with students starting as a cohort annually. The LTU PA program helps students to develop critical thinking skills as well as patient-centered, relationship-based care with a focus to prepare graduates for the clinical environment. In addition, LTU as a university that pioneered the “Theory and Practice” form of education, is expected to integrate health-care related technology, health informatics, and genomic and personalized medicine into its curriculum and therefore providing students with state-of-the-art education.
Please check back here often as we will post any news and progress. If you have questions about the PA program, please contact the Physician Assistant Program Director, Aimee Lamb.
LTU has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Lawrence Technological University anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2022, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2022 ARC-PA meeting. 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. The program will not commence in the event that provisional accreditation is not received.