Physician Assistant


  • Master of Physician Assistant Science Post-Baccalaureate 

    Important Note for those interested in the post-baccalaureate option. Gannon University, Erie Campus, has a limited number of post-baccalaureate seats for students interested in beginning in Fall 2018.

    One of the features of Gannon's Physician Assistant program is that it offers a 5-year master's degree that allows students to enter at the freshman level and complete the Masters in Physician Assistant Science without reapplying upon completion of the bachelor's degree.  The PA program is limited in the number of seats we are able to offer due to limitations set by the accrediting body. 

    Given the competitive nature of the program it is recommended that students submit and complete application for available post-baccalaureate seats prior to November 15, 2017.

    Students inquiring about additional information regarding prerequisite coursework and/or application procedures should call the Office of Graduate Admissions at 814-871-7474.

     

  • GU Possibilities
    • For the 2016 academic year, Gannon graduates had a 95-percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE).
    • Ninety-eight percent of graduates from 2000 to 2016 are currently certified.
    • Students train in the Patient Simulation Center of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, the largest comprehensive patient simulation center in the region. The Patient Simulation Center uses a multidisciplinary approach, bringing students from a variety of fields together for collaborative learning.
    • The Gannon physician assistant program has been continually accredited since 1978.
    • Faculty continually engage in scholarly activity and service to the University, profession and community.
    • Physician assistant program students engage in over 1,000 hours of service annually.

    You Will Learn

    Physician assistants are skilled, dependent health practitioners who are academically and clinically prepared to provide patient care services under the supervision of a physician. Their specific tasks vary widely due to differences among state laws, hospital policies and utilization preferences of supervising physicians.

    The physician assistant department offers a Master of Physician Assistant Science degree available through a five-year undergraduate admission program. The curriculum is predominantly clinical during the final year of the program. Adjunct regional medical faculty in conjunction with various healthcare institutions introduce the students to professional physician assistant training. Clinical sites are offered primarily in northwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio and western New York, as well as some locations farther afield, presenting an exciting opportunity for a broader clinical exposure. 

    You Will Experience

    Upon completion of the physician assistant program the student will be able to:

    • perform a complete and accurate history and physical examination; identify abnormal findings and develop an appropriate differential diagnosis.
    • develop a plan of evaluation in support of the differential diagnosis, including specialized diagnostic imaging and pathologic modalities.
    • develop a treatment plan consisting of surgical and medical interventions including non-pharmacological modalities such as physical therapy, counseling and patient education through analysis of clinical and laboratory data.
    • accurately relate the clinical data to the other members of the health care team, forming a collaborative effort to assure maximal patient benefit through a multiple disciplinary approach.
    • show proficiency in performing clinical skills.
    • identify characteristics of professional and ethical conduct for the physician assistant profession.
    • synthesize theory and research in order to provide advanced care to patients.

    You Will Achieve

    Employment for physician assistants is expected to grow by 38 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. There is expected to be a greater need for primary healthcare providers, and physician assistants will have an increasing role in providing routine health care. Such job opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • assisted living facilities  
    • hospitals  
    • private practice  
    • urgent care facilities  

    You will Study

    The physician assistant program curriculum at Gannon University is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.

    Students will receive outstanding educational preparation through completion of courses including:

    PHAS 414/GPHAS 514: Medical Lecture Series I and II 

    Symptoms, signs and abnormal body function are taught in a problem-oriented manner, including logical method, relevant diagnostic maneuvers, possible therapeutic intervention and patient education. The lectures complement the knowledge acquired in Physical Diagnosis and is correlated with the Pharmacology and Clinical Science courses.

    PHAS 416/GPHAS 516: Physical Diagnosis Lab III 

    This course marks the transition between classroom and clinical learning. In this course, faculty accompany students on their first clinical experience where they take patient histories and perform physical exams at local hospitals, the first encounter students have with actual patients.

    GPHAS 600: Pre-Rotation Lecture Skills Lab 

    In this course, students prepare for their first clinical experience and learn necessary skills essential in clinical practice. Gowning, gloving, giving injections, performing IV insertion, suturing and casting are among the topics of this class. For this class and others, students train in the Patient Simulation Center of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, the largest comprehensive patient simulation center in the region. 

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • physician assistant: $98,180

    Employment for physician assistants is expected to grow by 30 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. There is expected to be a greater need for primary healthcare providers, and physician assistants will have an increasing role in providing routine health care. Such job opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • assisted living facilities
    • hospitals
    • private practice
    • urgent care facilities

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).