As a native Rhode Islander, I am pleased to return to the
Ocean State to found the Center for Physician Assistant
Studies at Johnson & Wales University. The center houses Rhode Island’s first physician assistant (PA)
program. What will make our program one from which
you will be proud to graduate?
We are well aware of the increasing patient care
responsibilities placed on PAs, and have developed a
curriculum to meet those needs that emphasizes academic and clinical excellence.
Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in the basic medical sciences.
We will teach our students to appreciate the pathogenesis of disease mechanisms
from which an understanding of clinical medicine and therapeutics can evolve.
Evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills will be fostered in small
group, case-based seminars facilitated by our clinically experienced faculty.
Interprofessional learning experiences with students from other Rhode Island
colleges and universities are designed to prepare you for team-based,
Our clinical year required rotations will help prepare you for the rigors of general
practice, primary care medicine and surgery. Our two electives allow you to either
expand your primary care skills or develop an emphasis in a specialty area.
Patients are so much more than their medical records and lab results. They need
to be listened to and understood in the context of their individual lives. We seek
students who have as basic core values the humanistic traits of empathy, respect
and trust for all in their care.
As with any major decision, I encourage you to get as much information as
you can before deciding if our Physician Assistant Program is right for you.
Read through our brochure (3MB PDF), call
Graduate Admissions or come speak to us personally. We look forward to
hearing from you.
Sincerely,George S. Bottomley, DVM, PA-CDirector, Center for Physician Assistant Studies
VIDEO: Director George Bottomley talks about the unique strengths of JWU’s physician assistant program: an investment in RI’s health care economy, a dedicated facility where students can hone their clinical skills, and a humanistic approach to patient care. read more