Building on Clarkson’s growing reputation in health care,

Clarkson University plans to expand    its health care programs to include a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program.
Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural class starting in 2012. Michael B. Whitehead DHSc, RPA-C, former clinical coordinator in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Wingate University in Wingate, N.C., has been appointed chair of Physician Assistant Studies and clinical associate professor at Clarkson.

pa2In 2008, Clarkson’s Board of Trustees approved the new program, which complements the University’s successful Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and will be housed in the same facility, Clarkson Hall.

“This new program has the full backing of our Board of Trustees and is a logical progression from our physical therapy program, which was established more than a decade ago,” says Clarkson President Tony Collins. “We have excellent working relationships with our regional health care providers and the right facilities to provide training in this fast-growing field. We hope that our graduates will assist in filling the need for additional medical professionals in northern New York and beyond.”

The Clarkson PA program is a 28-consecutive month, seven-semester program. It will be distinguished by an interdisciplinary approach, a rigorous curriculum and an emphasis on patient-centered care. The majority of courses are linked in a modular format. For example, when the heart and lungs are the subject in clinical medicine, they will also be the topic in basic science/anatomy, pharmacotherapeutics and patient assessment.

“Our mission is to develop graduates who will become leaders in the health care community, striving for excellence in their professional endeavors while providing for the health care
needs of those they serve,” says Whitehead.

The Clarkson Advantage


Every health-related field is driven by advances in science and technology. That’s why Clarkson, a university rich in technology, provides an ideal foundation for careers in the health sciences,
medicine or health care.

Clarkson’s MSPAS program also benefits from the expertise of its faculty and local health care providers. The program will utilize clinical sites in St. Lawrence and surrounding counties in northern New York. 

More importantly, the program builds on Clarkson’s reputation and solid commitment to developing the highest quality health care programs at the graduate level.
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