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Compassion, inclusiveness, interdisciplinary approach, life-long learning: core values of Gannon’s PA Program

Published: 10/14/2022

Happy #PAWeek to all of our incredible faculty, students and staff in the Gannon University Physician Assistant Program. You are transforming healthcare.

Happy #PAWeek to all of our incredible faculty, students and staff in the Gannon University Physician Assistant Program. You are transforming healthcare.

What is a PA? 

Physician assistants (PAs) are medical providers who are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine as a member of a team with other healthcare professionals. Their specific tasks vary widely due to differences among state laws, hospital policies and utilization preferences of supervising physicians.

Generally, PAs are qualified to obtain patient histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic laboratory tests, prepare a diagnosis, implement a treatment plan for common illnesses, deliver patient education and counseling, perform certain surgical procedures, and provide emergency care. PAs may assist in surgery and deliver pre-operative and post-operative care. Physician Assistants may deliver patient care in any setting in which the physician works.

Our Mission, Our Vision 

At Gannon, the mission of the physician assistant program is to provide a stimulating and collaborative learning environment led by highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff. Our students are prepared to become ethical, professional, and high-quality health care providers who are socially responsible leaders in their discipline and community. 

Our vision? To be on the forefront of professional advancement as we aspire to contribute to the evolution of the PA profession. We will be recognized for excellence in PA education and community partnerships. 

Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

  • Learn in our Patient Simulation Center, a clinical-like setting that mimics the way health care professionals collaborate in real time using the protocols you’ll encounter in your career.
  • Complete eight clinical rotations to apply your classroom learning to real-world experiences. 
  • Interact with standardized patients throughout your fourth and fifth years in the program. 

“The highlight of my experience was definitely the community atmosphere that is present throughout the entire program. The faculty are so supportive yet still push you to become the best version of yourself. The students all genuinely care for each other while working hard to accomplish their goals. Having these two components has made my experience at Gannon unforgettable.” - Ashley Kerestes, Physician Assistant 

 

One profession, two locations:

 

Physician assistant programs are available on Gannon’s Erie and Ruskin campuses. Learn more today! 

 

Happy #PAWeek to all of our incredible faculty, students and staff in the Gannon University Physician Assistant Program. You are transforming healthcare. 

All media inquiries can be made by contacting Doug Oathout, Chief of Staff and Director of Marketing and Communications, at 814-871-7470 or oathout002@gannon.edu.