UT to offer new Physician Assistant Master’s degree program
The University of Tampa will begin offering a master’s degree program in physician assistant medicine in the fall of 2019.
This new program’s goal is to engage students in collaborative training that will teach them how to provide quality medical care. The 27-month program will also include a year of clinical training so student’s will have the chance to learn in a hands-on environment.
The PA program plans to partner with local organizations in order to provide the highest quality of education. For example, students will be able to complete their anatomy training at the Florida InnoVation & Education Labs and will spend their second year of training at various clinical sites and hospitals.
The PA program will be housed in the new Graduate and Health Studies Building at the University that includes 30,000 squarefeet of PA medical training space that will have a digital anatomy lab, and simulation labs that will serve as a CAE demonstration site,., which means the PA faculty and students will have access to CAE’s latest, most technologically advanced healthcare simulators and training.
Physician assistants have been ranked on Forbes and LinkedIn as one of the most promising jobs in recent years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of physician assistant jobs will increase 30 percent by 2018 with median annual wages of $101,480. Johnna Yealy, Ph.D will head the program and focus on guiding the program through its accreditation process. She says, “Demand for physician assistants will increase as the U.S. population ages and as we see the trend of fewer primary and specialty care providers.”
The University of Tampa has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. Pending achieving this status, the school anticipates its first class starting in August 2019.