The Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree program is the first of its kind offered in the Quad Cities and western Illinois region.
With a strong history and regional reputation for excellence in the training of health care professionals, St. Ambrose is in a unique position to prepare students for a growing profession that offers excellent career opportunities and answers local and regional needs for primary care services.
"The new MPAS program will be an outstanding addition to the university's offerings and important to the future of health care in the region," said Davenport cardiologist Michael Giudici, MD, who also serves as a St. Ambrose Board of Trustees member. "St. Ambrose has always been an institution that prides itself on being a part of the community and this is just another example of how the university looked at a regional need and responded."
The St. Ambrose MPAS program builds upon an existing strength and an area of strategic focus at St. Ambrose. More than 525 students are currently enrolled in the university's accredited health sciences programs in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and social work.
"The new graduate program, Master of Physician Assistant Studies, is an excellent addition to an already exceptional set of offerings in the health sciences field at St. Ambrose," said St. Ambrose President Joan Lescinski, CSJ. "At a time of economic challenge, St. Ambrose offers students the opportunity to prepare for well-paying careers with myriad employment opportunities."
Learn about community outreach offered by MPAS and other health sciences students through the new Interprofessional Health Clinic opening in November 2015.