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More than 40 years ago, borne out of a shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas of the United States, Dr. Eugene Stead envisioned a new role within the medical profession - the Physician Assistant. This new healthcare professional would work in tandem with physicians to improve the efficiency of care and endeavor to enhance the overall patient experience.
Today, Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed healthcare professionals* who practice medicine with a physician's supervision working as a team. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive healthcare, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and managerial/administrative services. Physician Assistants, while trained in general medicine, often specialize in emergency medicine, surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics, pediatrics and other specialties.
Students in the Franklin Pierce University Physician Assistant Program attend classes in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Our modern, spacious facility includes classrooms, seminar rooms, a computer lab and a clinical lab where students learn hands-on practical skills with state-of-the art training equipment. Clinical experience is a vital part of the program and is conducted at sites throughout the country, with a focus on rural and underserved regions of Vermont and New Hampshire.
This full-time day program is designed to be completed in 27 calendar months. Graduates of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program will be skilled and compassionate clinicians, who partner with their supervised physicians and patients to promote health and wellness, diagnose and treat acute illnesses and manage chronic disease.
*If employed by the federal government, Physician Assistants are credentialed rather than licensed.
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Download the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program sheet for more information on program goals, prerequisites and coursework.
Physician Assistant Program
24 Airport Road, Suite 19
West Lebanon, NH 03784
Douglas Southard, PhD, MPH, PA-C
Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Karen Loring, M.D.
Deanna Denault, Ph.D., M. Ed.
Associate Director of Didactic Education
Denise Froehlich, M.D.
Cheryl A. Elinsky, PA-C
Priscilla Marsicovetere, PA-C
Christopher Audino, MA Bioethics
Center Director and Guest Lecturer