Lawrence Technological University announced the addition of a new physician assistant studies master’s program. Pending approval, the program is expected to start in fall 2022.

Lawrence Technological University announced the addition of a new physician assistant studies master’s program. Pending approval, the program is expected to start in fall 2022.

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LTU to launch new physician assistant program

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published January 14, 2021

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SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University will be adding a two-year master’s degree program in physician assistant studies, the school announced in a release.

Pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, classes will begin in the fall of 2022.

According to ARC-PA.org, Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students, if fully implemented as planned, appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet ARC-PA standards, or when a program holding that status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first cohort of students.

The program will not commence if provisional accreditation is not received. If students have been accepted and paid a deposit, this will be fully refunded in the event that provisional accreditation is not received.

However, LTU anticipates achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the March 2022 ARC-PA meeting. Aimee Lamb, a certified physician assistant, has been named the director of the program.

According to aapa.org, physician assistants PA’s are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider.

“I think during COVID-19 times we have seen physician assistants stand up and really help us manage the critical nature of clinician shortages and support the care of patients during a time such as this,” Lamb said. “This truly, nationally, has illustrated how important physician assistants are to health care in the United States.”

Along with Lamb, the program has hired a medical director, a program coordinator and three other faculty members. The program will be offered in the LTU College of Arts and Sciences, with clinical experience offered predominantly through LTU’s ongoing partnership with Ascension Michigan, the nonprofit health care and hospital system.

Srini Kambhambpati, the dean of the LTU College of Arts and Sciences, said in the release that Ascension will be involved in developing the program’s curriculum and will offer its hospitals and laboratories for clinical rotations for second-year PA students.

Lamb said it’s critical to be working closely with one of the largest health care organizations in the country and in Michigan. Using their state-of-the-art equipment and labs will allow students to gain valuable experience.

David Svinarich, the vice president of research and academic affairs at Ascension Michigan, noted in the press release that Lamb brings a wealth of experience to the position and is crafting the program to reflect some of the best around the world.

Svinarich said in the release that while Ascension “has physician assistant students at a number of our hospitals getting training, this is the first time in Ascension Michigan that we have collaborated in developing a program.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected the employment of PAs to grow 31 % between 2019 and 2029, a rate much faster than the average for most occupations.

U.S. News and World Report ranked physician assistant No. 3 on its list of 100 Best Jobs for 2020. The median salary for PAs is around $110,000 per year.

For more information on LTU’s physician assistant graduate program, visit www.ltu.edu/arts_sciences/naturalsciences/pa-master.asp. The page will be updated with new information as the program continues its development.

“There’s definitely a huge market for physician assistants in the metro Michigan area,” Lamb said. “PAs are more and more filling critical roles in health care, so it’s a great opportunity to support Michigan’s growing need for healthcare providers.”

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