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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.)

Lake Erie College having received provisional ARC-PA and Ohio Board of Regents accreditation, and pending final approval from the Higher Learning Commission, will  admit its first cohort of students for its inaugural Physician Assistant class in 2014.  Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) degree.

Physician assistants work in all areas of medicine, including family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. The work of physician assistants depends in large part on their specialty and what their supervising physician needs them to do. His/her specific duties and the extent to which he/she must be supervised by physicians and surgeons differ from state to state.

According to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Physician assistants, also known as PA's, practice Medicine under the direction and supervision of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.
  • Physician assistants typically do the following:
  • Work under the supervision of a physician or surgeon
  • Review patients’ Medical histories
  • Do physical exams to check patients’ health
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests, such as x-rays or blood tests
  • Make preliminary diagnoses concerning a patient’s injury or illness
  • Provide treatment, such as setting broken bones and giving immunizations
  • Counsel patients and their families; for example, answering questions about how to care for a child with asthma
  • Prescribe Medicine when needed
  • Record a patient’s progress
  • Complete insurance paperwork

 

A physician assistant’s specific duties and the extent to which he or she must be supervised by physicians and surgeons differ from state to state.

Physician assistants work in all areas of Medicine, including family Medicine, emergency Medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. The work of physician assistants depends in large part on their specialty and what their supervising physician needs them to do. 

For example, a physician assistant working in surgery may close incisions and provide care before and after the operation. A physician assistant working in pediatrics may examine a child or give routine vaccinations.

In rural areas and inner cities, physician assistants may be the primary care providers at clinics where a physician is present only 1 or 2 days per week. In these locations, physician assistants confer with the physician and other healthcare workers as needed and as required by law. Some physician assistants make house calls or visit nursing homes to treat patients, reporting back to the physician afterward. Some physician assistants supervise Medical technicians and Medical assistants.

The job outlook according to the United States Department of Labor is very bright. Employment of physician assistants is expected to increase 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As more physicians enter specialty areas of Medicine, there will be a greater need for primary healthcare providers, such as physician assistants. Because physician assistants are more cost-effective than physicians, they are expected to have an increasing role in giving routine care. Physician assistants also will be needed because the population in general is growing. More people mean more need for healthcare specialists.

In addition, employment growth is expected because the large baby-boomer generation is getting older. As they age, baby boomers will be increasingly susceptible to ailments and conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Physician assistants are expected to have an increasing role in keeping these people healthy and caring for them when they get ill. Healthcare providers are also expected to use more physician assistants in new ways as states continue to allow assistants to do more procedures.

Didactic Phase (67 SH)

Clinical Phase (45 SH)


 
   
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