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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, pending achieving Accreditation- Provisional status (see Accreditation tab for details).

Please check back here often for program updates and additional information. If you have questions about the PA program, please contact the Physician Assistant Program Director, Aimee Lamb. 

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Why LTU for your Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies?

  • Clinical rotations within the Ascension Healthcare System
  • Focus on Technology and Medicine
  • State of the art simulation lab
  • Theory and practice approach
  • Curriculum foundation of ethics and compassion
  • Skill based learning: synergy of examination, evaluation, and procedures

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM

As a candidate for admission to the physician assistant program you must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution within the United States is required (see below for international applicant criteria) and
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required in order to be considered for the physician assistant program. All prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally accredited institutions. No grade lower than a 3.0 will be accepted for prerequisite coursework. CLEP credits, AP credits and P/F credits will not be considered for prerequisites. Last 60 credit calculations will be considered if the applicant does not meet the 3.0 minimum requirement.

Special Considerations:

Applicants who meet the admission requirements and additionally with a 3.25 cumulative GPA will be granted special consideration for  interview: LTU graduates and students, Veterans or active military, employees and children of Ascension Health and those that meet the criteria for diversity and inclusion.

Factors that our admissions committee values include:

Traits desirable in a future physician assistant such as empathy, compassion and advocacy, previous accomplishments, diverse life experiences, a comprehensive knowledge of the PA profession and significant knowledge of how to deliver health care. Experiences which demonstrate these traits may include: volunteer work, international mission work, military service, proficiency in foreign languages, unique life experiences, health training or certification, unique leadership positions, and biomedical research experience.

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. If students have been accepted and paid a deposit this will be fully refunded in the event that provisional accreditation is not achieved.

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Simulation Lab

This lab allows students to acquire procedural skills with the most advanced models, cadaver specimens, and superior equipment used by Ascension medical professionals. Take advantage of ultrasound and robotic surgery simulators, access to an impressive library of radiologic images from actual studies performed, and an extensive exposure and education on a wide range of diagnostics and procedures deemed vital to PA practice.

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Careers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of PAs to grow 31% between 2019 and 2029, a rate that is much faster than the average for most other occupations.

What do physician assistants do?

PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient's principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative.