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LTU's physician assistant program receives provisional accreditation

Release Date: March 30, 2022

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University’s new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program has received provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).

Provisional accreditation confirms that the commission found the plans and resources of the program demonstrate LTU’s ability to meet ARC-PA Standards.

The designation means that the LTU PA program can begin admitting its first cohort of students in August. The two-year master’s degree program is open to students with a wide variety of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees, and is being offered in partnership with the nonprofit healthcare network Ascension Michigan.

“Congratulations to professor Aimee Lamb, director of the program, and the physician assistant program faculty and staff within the Department of natural Sciences, on this achievement,” LTU President Tarek Sobh said.

U.S. News and World Report rates physician assistant as No. 1 in its 100 Best Jobs for 2021 list. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 31 percent growth in physician assistant employment by 2030, much faster than the average rate of all job growth, with a median salary of $115,390 in 2020 dollars.

“We are just thrilled to have achieved our provisional accreditation status,” Lamb said. “I am very proud of the hard work my team has put into this effort and we could not have done it without the unwavering support of our medical director Alan Ghassan, our Ascension partners, and most importantly the vision and commitment of LTU and our dean Dr. Kambhampati.”

For more information on LTU’s physician assistant program, visit ltu.edu/arts_sciences/naturalsciences/pa-master.asp.

Lawrence Technological University is one of 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

Note: The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Lawrence Technological University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lawrence Technological University. 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. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the  ARC-PA website.

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