Earn Your Physician Assistant Studies Degree
Currently, the nation is facing a shortage of health care providers. This shortage is projected to worsen in the next 10 years. Physician assistants are viewed as one solution to this problem. Physician assistants are trained in the medical model and work as a team with their supervising physician to provide care in all areas of medicine.
A physician assistant is a trained medical professional who provides patient care that includes performing physical examinations, ordering tests, diagnosing and treating illness, performing minor procedures, as well as first-assisting in surgery. Physician assistants are in demand in primary care as well as all medical specialties.
The St. Ambrose Physician Assistant program lasts 29 months and consists of a 14-month didactic portion which includes courses such as the following:
• Gross Anatomy
• Advanced Physiology
• Clinical Skills
Following the successful completion of the didactic curriculum, the student will enter the clinical phase of the program which involves supervised clinical preceptorships. These experiences provide the student the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to direct patient care. The clerkships include rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, OB-Gyn, and Psychiatry.
This program is the first of its kind offered in the Quad Cities and Western Illinois region. At St. Ambrose, we've dedicated ourselves to becoming leaders in training health care professionals and can prepare you for a growing profession that offers excellent career opportunities. Our small class sizes offer you the chance to form tight relationships with your classmates, and our faculty members will be by your side to support you throughout your time here.
If you're considering physician assistant studies programs, it's time to find out what makes St. Ambrose University stand out among physician assistant schools in Iowa. Contact us today to learn more.
The PA program is an outstanding addition to the university's excellent health sciences offerings.
This 29-month graduate program is comprised of 124 credit hours.
The demand for physician services is increasing rapidly as the nation's population continues to age.
A new class of 30 students will be accepted each year through a competitive application process.