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10-07-2011

New Clarkson University Physician Assistant Program Receives Accreditation

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/malonem-pa.jpg .]

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted provisional accreditation to the new Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at Clarkson University.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital Physician Assistant Molly J. Malone, a Clarkson University biology alumna, examines a child.Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural, urban and suburban settings.

As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs prescribe medication, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care and assist in surgery.

The Clarkson PA program is a 28-month course of study granting a master of science degree in physician assistant studies.

Students in the first Master of Physician Assistant Studies class will begin their studies in January. Applications for the January 2013 class will be available through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants in the coming months at https://portal.caspaonline.org .

Find out more about Clarkson's Physician Assistant program at http://www.clarkson.edu/pa , 315-268-7942, or pa@clarkson.edu .

ARC-PA is the national accrediting agency for all U.S.-based physician assistant programs. 

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Canton-Potsdam Hospital Physician Assistant Molly J. Malone, a Clarkson University biology alumna, examines a child.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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