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Lake Erie College to launch physician assistant program

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PAINESVILLE – The need for medical assistance continues to grow.According to the Ohio Job Outlook 2018 report, the number of physician assistants is expected to grow by 33.5 percent from 2008 to 2018, with an increase of 16 percent in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. Lake Erie College is prepared to train healthcare professionals as physician assistants to meet the market demands. Upon approval, it will be the sixth institution in Ohio to offer a physician’s assistant program.

Students enrolled in the program will receive a master of science in physician assistant studies. Requirements include a completion of 66 credit hours of didactic courses and 40 credit hours of clinical rotations for a total of 106 credit hours over a duration of 27 months. The college plans to enroll 20 students in the first cohort in spring 2014 and increase to 40 students by spring 2017.
“We have developed a collaboration with University Hospitals (UH) that will not only provide options for the college, but also opportunities for the students. UH has provided $210,000 in funding that will support key programs and positions. In addition, an agreement has been reached to assist in the formation of the advisory committee and we have worked together to develop clinical sites for the students that may be explored at an appropriate time,” said vice president of Institutional Advancement Scott Evans.

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