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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).

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The LTU Advantage

The majority of clinical rotations are within the Ascension Healthcare System, a nationally recognized and highly respected system (largest in the Nation and one of the largest employers in Michigan). Rotations are located in the greater Detroit and surrounding areas with preceptors committed to supporting the LTU Ascension partnership and vision. Your clinical experiences will be both outpatient and within the hospital setting and will be arranged entirely by LTU.

You will learn and master one of the most common electronic medical records (EMR) charting systems. You will have access throughout the program to refine your skills. In addition, you will graduate having the knowledge and abilities to utilize key technology in diagnosing and treating your patients.

A state of the art SIM lab will allow students to acquire procedural skills with the most advanced models, cadaver specimens and cutting edge equipment used in parallel with the medical students and other Ascension medical professionals. This includes a complete model OR with training provided by Ascension OR staff, diagnostic equipment for training including ultrasound and robotic surgery simulators, access to an impressive array of radiologic images from actual studies performed and extensive exposure and education on a wide range of diagnostic and procedures deemed vital to PA practice. Open lab hours are built into the structure of the PA program to practice and refine your skills.

LTU has implemented a student-first ideology with a focus on you. Your overall well-being and success is the driver behind our passion. The PA faculty at LTU is committed to your personal success and to providing the physical, mental and emotional support needed to assist you along the way. One of your PA professors will serve as your personal advisor and mentor throughout your journey at LTU and will guide you to other University resources should you need them.

One of the teaching methods employed in our program is the flipped classroom, where students are given the opportunity to preview key concepts in advance so that class time can be spent on problem-solving and in-depth exploration of the content. This approach significantly enhances learning as compared to a more traditional lecture-only approach and transforms the classroom into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where your professors can guide you in applying concepts and engaging creatively in the subject matter.

The newly-built, highly innovative, dedicated PA classroom and lab have been integrated with technology. Multiple areas in the program space have recording and playback capabilities to facilitate your learning. You will have access to the exam rooms throughout the week to hone your skills at your own pace. In addition, a dedicated break-room is available to allow you to rest, relax and refuel throughout the day.

The faculty have different areas of expertise which allows our program to provide you with distinct interdisciplinary experiences from the classroom to the lab. Instructors will collaborate and teach the core classes to best utilize their individual expertise and professional experience, giving you the best opportunity for understanding and success. Our instructors are passionate about providing you the best student experience possible. We provide multiple ways to engage with the faculty and our doors are always open. Your feedback is valuable to us and an essential component of our ongoing commitment to excellence.

You have the unique opportunity to live on LTUs campus as a graduate student during your PA education if you choose. (Room and board are not included in the cost of tuition).

Lawrence Technological University is conveniently located, with easy access and ample free parking within steps of the program building. The building has secure access for PA students and faculty. Buildings, labs and classrooms are handicap-accessible throughout campus.

Our PA faculty team is committed to your success from beginning to end. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to email (paprogram@ltu.edu). One of our PA faculty will answer your questions.

Lawrence Technological University offers applicants a unique opportunity through rolling admissions. LTU will evaluate applications as they are submitted and contact those applicants who fulfill the vision, values and requirements set forth by LTU. Rolling admissions allows LTU to select applicants for the upcoming 2022 PA program throughout the 2021 year. LTU strongly encourages all applicants to apply as early as possible. Once all thirty spots have been filled, later applications will only be considered for the waitlist.

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM

As a candidate for admission to the physician assistant program please see the following:



The LTU PA program focuses on patient-centered care. Compassion towards all patients across the lifespan is paramount to your success. A culture of humility will be present throughout, with a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion of our patients, colleagues and community. You will learn to address barriers to providing optimal care related to personal bias, vulnerable and special populations. The ethical care of patients will be foundational to the program curriculum. The commitment to interprofessional collaboration will allow for a deeper understanding of the healthcare team which leads to better outcomes and more cost-effective and patient-centered care.

One of the teaching methods employed in our program is the flipped classroom, where students are given the opportunity to preview key concepts in advance so that class time can be spent on problem-solving and in-depth exploration of the content. This approach significantly enhances learning as compared to a more traditional lecture-only approach and transforms the classroom into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where your professors can guide you in applying concepts and engaging creatively in the subject matter.

First Semester

CRN Course Name Credit Hours
PAS5016 Clinical Medicine I 6
PAS5114 Physical Assessment & Exploration (PAE) I 4
PAS5212 Health Care Issues I 2
PAS5312 Pharmacology I 2
PAS5413 Anatomy 3
PAS5513 Pathophysiology 3
  Total Semester Credit Hours 20

Second Semester

CRN Course Name Credit Hours
PAS5027 Clinical Medicine II 7
PAS5124 Physical Assessment & Exploration (PAE) II 4
PAS5222 Health Care Issues II 2
PAS5322 Pharmacology II 2
PAS5423 Behavioral Medicine 3
PAS5523 Emergency Medicine 3
 Total Semester Credit Hours 21

Third Semester

CRN Course Name Credit Hours
PAS5035 Clinical Medicine III 5
PAS5134 Physical Assessment & Exploration (PAE) III 4
PAS5232 Health Care Issues III 2
PAS5332 Pharmacology III 2
PAS5433 Medical Diagnostics & Procedures 3
PAS5533 Special Populations 3
  Total Semester Credit Hours 19
Total Didactic Year Credit Hours 60

The majority of clinical rotations are within the Ascension Healthcare System, a nationally recognized and highly respected system (largest in the Nation and one of the largest employers in Michigan). Rotations are located in the greater Detroit and surrounding areas with preceptors committed to supporting the LTU Ascension partnership and vision. Your clinical experiences will be both outpatient and within the hospital setting and will be arranged by LTU.

End of Rotation days "EOR-days"

Each rotation will be 5 weeks. Students will spend on average 4 weeks and 2 days at the clinical site and the last three days of every rotation will be spent on campus or at the SIM lab. You will take an EOR (End Of Rotation) exam for all core rotations. You will spend the last three days of every rotation “EOR-days” having review sessions in both clinical medicine and physical exam skills as preparation for the PANCE, learning topics related to your future practice, covering other didactic year topics in greater depth and having the opportunities to practice skills you will potentially be utilizing during your next rotation. There will be professional topics such as CV building and interview strategies. There will also be an opportunity to meet with your advisor, participate in stress management and group activities in these three days. Your repeat PACKRAT and summative exams will give you insight into your PANCE preparedness and will also be part of this time during your summer semester.

First Semester*

CRN Course Name Credit Hours
PAS6015 Family Medicine Rotation I 5
PAS6025 Internal Medicine Rotation II 5
PAS6035 Surgery Rotation III 5
Total Semester Credit Hours 15

Second Semester*

CRN Course Name Credit Hours
PAS6045 Pediatric Rotation IV 5
PAS6055 Women's Health Rotation V 5
PAS6065 Behavioral Medicine Rotation VI 5
Total Semester Credit Hours 15

Third Semester*

CRN Course Name Credit Hours
PAS6075 Emergency Medicine Rotation VII 5
PAS6085 Elective Medicine Rotation VIII 5
PAS6095 Preceptorship Rotation IX 5
Total Semester Credit Hours 15
Total Clinical Year Credit Hours 45
   
Total Program Credit Hours
105
*Student rotation schedule may differ from displayed sample curriculum

Accreditation Status

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Physician Assistant program at LTU is to train exceptional, compassionate healthcare professionals in a supportive academic and clinical environment. To prepare future PA’s to provide outstanding holistic patient centered care throughout the healthcare continuum, embrace diversity, invite interprofessional collaboration and approach the complex and ever changing face of technology in healthcare with confidence. To inspire a generation of clinicians who will be lifelong learners, advocates of evidence based medical practice and who are passionate advocates of their patients, profession and community.

Vision

The physician assistant program will be a cutting edge program based on two guiding principles of LTU. The first, the Theory and Practice mode of education, which takes abstract ideas and brings them into the real world to solve tomorrow’s problems and to confidently and effectively integrate healthcare technology into their future practice.

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1. To achieve first-time PANCE pass rates that are at or above the national average and student confidence in their ability to succeed.

Criteria #1 PANCE Performance

Measures/Benchmark

  1. PANCE Performance 1st time test takers at or above national average

Success

Criteria Cohort 2023 Nat’l Ave 2023 Cohort 2024 Nat’l Ave 2024 Cohort 2025  Nat’l Ave 2025
PANCE Performance 1st time test takers

Criteria #2 – Student Confidence

Measures/Benchmarks

  1. Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Student Confidence)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average

Success

Criteria Cohort 2023 Cohort 2024 Cohort 2025 
Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Student Confidence)

2. To prepare students to actively and effectively participate in interprofessional healthcare teams and the care of diverse patient populations across the lifespan.

Criteria #1 Interprofessional Healthcare

Measures/Benchmarks

  1. Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Interprofessional Healthcare)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  2. Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in Interprofessional Healthcare)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  3. Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in Interprofessional Healthcare)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average

Criteria Cohort 2023 Cohort 2024 Cohort 2025 
Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Interprofessional Healthcare)
Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in Interprofessional Healthcare)
Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in Interprofessional Healthcare)

Criteria #2 Care for Diverse Patients

Measures/Benchmarks

  1. Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Care for Diverse Patients)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  2. Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in Care for Diverse Patients)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  3. Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in Care for Diverse Patients)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average

Criteria Cohort 2023 Cohort 2024 Cohort 2025 
Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Care for Diverse Patients)
Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in Care for Diverse Patients)
Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in Care for Diverse Patients)

3. To prepare students to provide compassionate, ethical and patient centered care to patients across the lifespan.

Criteria #1 Compassionate care

Measures/Benchmarks

  1. Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Compassionate care)/>3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  2. Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in Compassionate care)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  3. Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in Compassionate care)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average

Success

Criteria Cohort 2023 Cohort 2024 Cohort 2025 
Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Compassionate care)
Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in Compassionate care)
Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in Compassionate care)

Criteria #2 Patient-centered Care

Measures/Benchmarks

  1. Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Patient-centered Care)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  2. Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in Patient-centered Care)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  3. Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in Patient-centered Care)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
Criteria Cohort 2023 Cohort 2024 Cohort 2025 
Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Patient-centered Care)
Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in Patient-centered Care)
Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in Patient-centered Care)

4. To create a culture of advocacy for the PA profession.

Criteria #1 Advocacy for PA Profession

Measures/Benchmarks

  1. Membership in the AAPA/ 100% of cohort
  2. Membership in the MAPA/ 100% of cohort
  3. Attendance at the state conference - MAPA/ >50% of cohort
Criteria Cohort 2023 Cohort 2024 Cohort 2025 
Membership in the AAPA
Membership in the MAPA
Attendance at MAPA conference

5. To promote service to the university and surrounding community on behalf of faculty and students.

Criteria #1 Advocacy for Community

Measures/Benchmarks

  1. PA student community service in PA Program/ >30 hrs ave per cohort
  2. PA faculty service to university and or community/ 80% of principal  faculty

Success

Criteria Year 2022 Year 2023 Year 2024
PA student community service hrs in PA Program      
Principal faculty service to University/community
     

6. To prepare students to effectively utilize available healthcare technology in order to enhance patient care and better prepare them for future practice.

Criteria #1 Use of healthcare technology

Measures/Benchmarks

  1. Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Use of healthcare technology)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  2. Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in healthcare technology)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average
  3. Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in healthcare technology)/ >3.5 out of 5 for cohort average

Success

Criteria Cohort 2023 Cohort 2024 Cohort 2025
Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Use of healthcare technology)      
Student End of Didactic Phase evaluation (Preparation in healthcare technology)      
Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation in healthcare technology)      
  1. Utilize medical knowledge of acute and chronic medical/behavioral health conditions including etiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, incidence, risk factors, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment strategies to effectively manage a patient across the life span.
  2. Elicit a patient-centered problem-focused and comprehensive history taking into account cultural awareness.
  3. Perform a problem focused and comprehensive physical examination recognizing normal and abnormal health states.
  4. Order and interpret appropriate lab and diagnostic studies taking into account the financial implications for patients.
  5. Using the history and physical exam findings, develop a differential diagnosis for both acute and chronic medical conditions of a patient.
  6. Possess knowledge of commonly used pharmaceutical agents including indications, contraindications, dosing, side effects, drug interactions and costs to patients.
  7. Formulate a diagnosis which integrates clinical presentation, results of diagnostic tests and cultural and environmental aspects.
  8. Perform clinical procedures common for a practicing PA and educate patients regarding procedure, side effects, follow-up care, and informed consent.
  9. Communicate effectively with patients and families by utilizing patient centered interpersonal skills that incorporate mutual respect with the patient.
  10. Accurately document SOAP notes, orders and referrals to other specialty care providers using the Electronic Medical Record.
  11. Effectively present patient information to supervising physicians and other health care providers.
  12. Embrace professionalism in all aspects of clinical practice incorporating accountability, altruism, and patient confidentiality.
  13. Develop management strategies for acute & chronic conditions for patients across the life span while encouraging goal setting.
  14. Embrace cultural diversity including gender identity while providing compassionate medical care.
  15. Appropriately coordinate patient care while fostering patient advocacy.
  16. Embrace the role of a physician assistant and recognize personal limitations and personal bias while practicing.
  17. Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect in patients across the life span.
  18. Practice interprofessional team care and embrace the value of a collaborative physician/PA relationship.
  19. Apply critical thinking and medical decision-making strategies to all aspects of patient care.
  20. Practice evidence-based medicine which incorporates life-long learning and current clinical guidelines.
  21. Incorporate patient safety strategies, reduce medical errors and practice quality improvement in medical care.
  22. Foster preventive care including age-appropriate screening, immunization recommendations, patient education, behavioral modifications
  23. Perform patient education which considers health literacy and other social determinants and encourages treatment adherence and lifestyle modification.
  24. Recognize emergent medical/surgical conditions versus non-emergent medical conditions by appropriately triaging patients.
  25. Possess a thorough understanding of medical ethics and the legal aspects of health care.

LTU PA student attrition and graduation rates


Graduated Classes
Class of 2022 Class of 2023 Class of 2024
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 30 30 30
Entering class size TBD TBD TBD
Graduates TBD TBD TBD
*Attrition rate N/A N/A N/A
**Graduation rate N/A N/A N/A

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size
**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size
This inaugural cohort will begin on August 29th, 2022. Information on attrition will be updated to this table if any changes occur. Information on graduation rate will not be available until after graduation, September 2024

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Exam Performance Summary Report

Definitions of the report headings are provided at the end of the report. All information is current as of the date the report was generated unless otherwise specified.

Class Class Graduation Year Number of candidates who took the PANCE Number of Exams Passed Program Exam Pass Rate National Exam Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year % of Candidates Who Ultimately Passed PANCE
August 2022 2024          
August 2023 2025          
August 2024 2026          
August 2025 2027          
August 2026 2028          

**Report update date: 06.16.2021

**All data will be reported prior to April 1st of each year as required by ARC-PA standard A3.12c

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Exam Performance Summary Report

Definitions of Report Headings
Class Class nomenclature and the individuals included in each class are determined by LTUs PA program when assigning students to a particular class
Class Graduation Year Graduation year for the majority of the individuals in the specific class based on the confirmed graduation date provided by LTU
Number of candidates who took the PANCE Number of individuals from the class who have taken the PANCE
Number of Exams Passed Number of exams administered that resulted in a passing score
Program Exam Pass Rate Percent of exams that were passed as compared to the number of exams that were administered to this class, including multiple exams taken by individual candidates if applicable
National Exam Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year Percent of exams that were passed at the national level as compared to the number of exams that were administered. The calculation is based on the total number exams administered and passed, not the number of individual candidates. The reporting period is based on the calendar year corresponding with the class graduation year and will only be provided after the end of the current calendar year
% of Candidates in the Class Who Ultimately Passed the PANCE exam Percent of candidates from the specified class that have passed PANCE as of the date the report was generated, regardless of the number of attempts or the calendar year in which the PANCE was passed

Total tuition cost for the 24-month Physician Assistant program: $106,000

Program Cost

Didactic Year (60 credits) $53,903
Clinical Year (45 Credits)
$40,427
Tuition $94,330
Internalized mandatory Fees $11,670
Out of pocket expense $0.00
Total cost of attendance 2022 cohort $106,000

Compare to other programs

LTU’s PA program:
Tuition Mandatory fees/out of pocket expenses Total Cost
$106,000 $0  $106,000
Example PA Program:
Tuition Mandatory fees/out of pocket expenses Total Cost
$95,000* $11,000  $106,000

*This is historically how tuition and fees are structured at other PA programs. The average fees charged by other institutions in Michigan are over $11,000 for a two-year program. This means you would only be eligible to use educational loans for $95,000 and that you the student would be responsible to pay $11,000 dollars out-of-pocket throughout the two years. Our tuition at LTU is structured to reduce the burden on every student by incorporating program fees into the total cost of tuition. This allows all students to utilize educational loans to cover the total cost which means NO mandatory out-of-pocket expenses for the entire two-year program.

LTU attempts to anticipate every expense associated with the program, however there may be other unanticipated expenses that each student needs to consider, examples are.

  • MAPA conference – attendance is strongly encouraged
  • Additional educational resource purchases
  • Stethoscope engraving
  • Medical kit upgrades
  • Additional scrub sets
  • Additional white coats

FEES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE COST OF TUITION

 

Graduate Application

$50 

Background Check

$100

2nd application fee LTU application

$50 

Lab Fees

$120 

IT service & maintenance Fee

$150/ semester ($150*6=$900)

Graduation Fee

$90

Typhon

$90 

MAPA membership

$40 (for 2 years)

AAPA membership

$75 (for 2 years)

Text books & resources

$1,500 

BLS & ACLS certifications

$300 

White coats and white coat ceremony 

$300 

Rotation fees

$500*9 = $4500

Sim lab fees

$2,250 

1 LTU PA prog badge holder 

$5 

1 pair of LTU PA prog scrubs

$150 

**Diagnostic kit and equipment

$1,150

1 BP cuff

Included in Kit

1 stethoscope

Included in Kit

1 tape measure

Included in Kit

1 snellen vision chart (handheld)

Included in Kit

1 neurological set (monofilament, sharp)

Included in Kit

1 reflex hammer

Included in Kit

(2) Tuning forks (Weber & Rinne)

Included in Kit

1 penlight

Included in Kit

1 bandage scissors

Included in Kit

Case for medical supplies 

Included in Kit

Total included fees

$11,670

*Fees and pricing are subject to change
**Diagnostic kits and equipment are subject to change

Seat Deposit:

Students who are accepted into Lawrence Technological University’s Physician Assistant program are responsible for a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to secure their seat two weeks after an offer is extended. The seat deposit will be applied towards the cost of tuition for those students who matriculate into the PA program.

Refund Policy

A full 100% tuition refund will be granted for all drops completed within the Drop/Withdrawal period, typically two weeks after the start of the semester. After the Drop/Withdrawal period there will be a 0% tuition refund.

Official Drop/Add period dates for each semester are available at the Registrar's office site.

Aimee Lamb PA-C, MMSC - Program Director, Assistant Professor

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Aimee lamb is the program director and assistant professor of the LTU inaugural PA program. She graduated with her bachelors in biology with a minor in cultural anthropology from EMU in 1991.  She and her husband traveled extensively before attending Emory University and graduating with her MMSC (masters of medical science) in 1998 and has dedicated her practice since to rural and urban underserved populations. She has lectured extensively both here and abroad in a variety of topics and has precepted PA students for almost two decades. She has had several leadership roles including having created and led an inpatient team in glycemic management, was a mentor for the society of hospital medicine, established an infertility service, developed a minor procedures clinic in England and was the advanced practice provider (APP) director at DMC of approximately 70 PAs and NPs of thirteen different specialties. She has published numerous times and is an active member of both AAPA and MAPA.  She was one of a group of 12 PAs that established the PA profession in the UK and assisted with the development of the first PA program in England. She has practiced in a myriad of areas including women's health, family practice, rehab medicine, emergency medicine, interventional cardiology and addiction medicine.  She has received numerous accolades for innovative projects and her commitment to excellence. She also has a private consulting LLC that specializes in patient and elder empowerment and assists practices in business strategy and novel approaches to health-care delivery. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and an active community volunteer in providing both medical services and free healthcare education and has led and participated in many fundraising efforts throughout the years. 

Outside of the professional arena, Aimee loves to spend time with her husband of over 25 years and three children.  They have a small zoo of critters at home, and she is a wildlife rehabilitator and enjoys travel, gardening, sharing what she grows and adventures in general.

Charles Regan, MS, PA-C - Assistant Professor 

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Charles Regan joined Lawrence Technological University in January 2021 to become part of the much-anticipated inaugural Physician Assistant program which expects matriculation of its first cohorts in August 2022.  He earned his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Detroit Mercy, graduating in 2007.  After many years of providing clinical rotations to PA students and guest lectures to nursing and PA students, he joined University of Detroit Mercy’s PA program in 2019 as assistant professor and brings his experience to LTU.

Professor Regan is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA).  He presented lectures at MAPA in 2019 and 2020.  He has worked primarily in the settings of Urgent Care and Orthopedic Surgery.  At LTU he is focused on teaching the physical assessment course that will involve a lot of hands-on exam skills and incorporating useful modalities and procedures in a synergistic way.  

Besides teaching, he enjoys spending time with family, exercising, reading, watching and playing sports, and traveling.

Michael Wendt, MS, PA-C - Assistant Professor

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Mike loves to spend time on the water with his wife of 8 years, twins and 2 English Bulldogs. His outside work concentration is spent mostly on trading equities in the stock market, playing guitar, and working in the yard. Michael Wendt joined Lawrence Tech in June of 2021 as an Assistant Professor and brings experiences in multiple disciplines of Medicine. Being part of the first graduating class in 2011 from the 5-year Accelerated PA program at the University of Detroit Mercy, he was a top 4% scorer on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam. He brings 10 years of Emergency Medicine experience where he became Certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support in 2017. 

Mike also took responsibility for assisting with the operation and growth of multiple medical clinics across the state of Michigan. His associated clinics exist in the cities of Big Rapids, Midland and Davison Michigan where he has practiced in both Primary and Urgent Care Medicine. He has consistently precepted students from multiple Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Programs and has been devoted to both mentoring and tutoring Physician Assistant Students since 2011. His most passionate area of Medicine is didactics and Clinical Medicine which he has placed significant concentration on academics and applying learned material to actual clinical and life experiences. 

Kenneth Early CPNP-AC - Assistant Professor

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Kenneth Early, board certified as an Acute Care – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, became an Assistant Professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). He grew up in Grand Rapids Michigan and completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Albion College in 2006. He went on to complete the accelerated nursing program at Oakland University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2008.  He furthered his education at Wayne State University where he completed his Masters in Nursing with a focus on acute pediatrics. Kenneth went on to work at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Emergency Department for four year and then transitioned to Vascular surgery at SGH. Before joining LTU he served six years as an adjunct professor within the nursing program at Davenport University.  Now he is even more excited to shape and influence future Physician Assistants in the new Graduate Program at LTU.     

Kenneth is married to Dr. Rebecca Early who has her PhD in Industrial-organizational psychology and together they have four children.

Dr. Morrissette, Pathophysiology - Professor

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Natural Sciences Associate Department Chair, Assistant Professor, Pre-Med Advisor

Professor Morrissette was born and raised in metro Detroit and studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He went on to graduate studies in Human Physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his PhD in 1995. His thesis research focused on the biochemical and functional characterization of peptide toxins purified from the venom of scorpions and lizards.

In 1996, Dr. Morrissette joined the staff at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station where he began studying cardiovascular physiology of tunas. While at Hopkins, he also investigated the mechanisms of heat generation in the heater organs of marlins and swordfish. He also conducted some of the first metabolic rate measurements in Bluefin tuna.

In 2006, Dr. Morrissette joined the Department of Natural Sciences at Lawrence Technological University. He received tenure in 2012 and became chair of the department in 2016. At LTU, Dr. Morrissette’s laboratory is using zebrafish as a model organism in several undergraduate research projects. Outside the classroom and laboratory, professor Morrissette is active and loves the outdoors. He has a passion for athletics and spends much of his free time watching his son and daughter on the ball diamond or soccer pitch.

Dr. Andrei Borisov - Adjunct Faculty 

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Dr. Andrei Borisov has taught human anatomy and physiology at Lawrence Technological University since 2018. He completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in anatomy and cell biology at the University of Michigan where he was a faculty member before accepting an associate professor position at Wayne State University. Dr. Borisov’s research interests are focused on mechanisms of growth, adaptation, and regeneration of skeletal and cardiac muscle. His teaching expertise is concentrated on human gross anatomy. He has published papers in the official journals of the American Association of Anatomists (Anatomical Record and Developmental Dynamics), European anatomical journals, and is the author of several invited book chapters. Dr. Borisov currently teaches human gross anatomy courses for students in nursing and physician assistant programs.



Dr. Alan Ghassan, LTU PA Program Medical Director

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Dr. Alan Ghassan is a board certified Internal Medicine physician with over 20 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient care. He received his medical school training at Al-Mustansiriya University School of Medicine in Baghdad-Iraq, and his Internal Medicine training at Ascension Providence Hospital. Dr. Ghassan's passion is clearly demonstrated through teaching Internal Medicine residents as he serves as a core faculty member of the residency program at Providence Hospital. He is also actively involved in teaching medical students, nursing and Physician Assistant students at his private practice in Internal Medicine. Dr. Ghassan serves on the Internal Medicine committee at Ascension Providence, as well as the metric committee to improve overall patient-care and outcomes.






Elizabeth Porter  - Program Coordinator

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I am a first-generation born American on my father’s side; born and raised a Michigander. While my five siblings and I dreamed of Walt Disney World, family trips consisted of educational and historical sites around the United States per my Father’s new attained U.S. citizenship and his passion for American history.

In my second year of college, I met my husband and eloped to Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon our return, my husband, a graduate of Lawrence Institute of Technology aka LTU, and I continued to develop and expand our business.

Years later, we began a family – we are very blessed to have three wonderful children. Our oldest son has recently graduated from Kettering University. Our daughter is completing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Madonna University. Our youngest son is attending Michigan State University. As a family, we continually volunteer in our community and schools. 

Some family historical notes: my paternal grandmother, a pianist for the Welsh Boys’ Choir performed a concert in the presence of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. My great-great-great maternal grandfather was in the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack during the American Civil War.

Ben Zimnicki, PharmD, Adjunct faculty

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Ben Zimnicki is responsible for the pharmacology courses within the LTU PA program.  Michigan born and raised, he completed his Doctor of Pharmacy Practice (PharmD) at Wayne State University in 2009.  Following graduation, he began practicing at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital as a Staff/Clinical Pharmacist caring for patients in both General Practice and Intensive Care settings. His job responsibilities include dosing and monitoring antibiotic therapy, dosing of Warfarin and other anticoagulants, providing drug information to providers to optimize patient care, and educating patients about various medications and disease states.  In addition to his patient care responsibilities, he serves on various committees aimed at standardizing and improving patient care across Henry Ford Health System.

Unsatisfied with the demands of juggling a full-time job and two small children, Ben went back to school at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2014. He completed his Masters in Business Administration in 2016. Using the skills and knowledge gained from his MBA program, he continues to practice pharmacy while looking at ways to maximize the department’s efficiency. 

Ben and his wife Jenny have three kids between the ages of seven and eleven who occupy much of his time away from work. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, coaching his daughter’s softball team, reading and camping.

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Ascension 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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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Physician Assistant program at LTU is dedicated to educating all potential students about the importance of understanding diversity across all populations. This link will feature articles related to diversity equity and inclusion to help facilitate a deeper understanding of cultural differences. 

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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.