Johnson & Wales University’s Physician Assistant Studies program has been granted accreditation — now it’s ready to train the next generation of physician assistants.
New Model for Patient-Centered CareAs the first of its kind in RI, JWU’s program “builds on health sciences programs currently being offered at the university,” said JWU Interim Provost Frank Sargent, EdD, JD.
The cornerstone of JWU’s program, noted Center director George Bottomley, DVM, PA-C, is a humanistic, team-based approach to patient care: “Graduates will be agents of change and part of the solution to the increasing health care needs of our citizens.”
State-of-the-Art Facility Designed for CollaborationThe program will be housed in the Center for Physician Assistant Studies, an 18,000-square foot facility dedicated to the health sciences and currently being built in Providence’s Knowledge District.
The new facility has been designed to foster teamwork and collaboration, with:
“Rigorous classroom learning, state-of-the-art lab experiences and top-flight clinical rotations will prepare PA students for ... in-demand jobs in a growing health care sector that will make a real difference in our communities,” Bottomley said.
Join our Inaugural Class Admission to JWU’s program is competitive — more than 500 applications are currently being processed through CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) for 24 spots. Classes begin in June of 2014.
“We’re looking for students who have as basic core values the humanistic traits of empathy, respect and trust for all in their care,” said Bottomley. “Patients are so much more than their medical records and lab results.”
Interested in becoming a PA? Learn more about our year-round, 24-month program — or apply now.
About the Accreditation Process
All PA programs must go through a formal accreditation process with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). “Accreditation-Provisional” is the accreditation status awarded to all new programs that meet the ARC-PA criteria. The ARC-PA’s formal notification in full:
“The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Johnson & Wales University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than 5 years from matriculation of the first class.”
PHOTOS: JWU’s dedicated facility for physician assistant studies has been designed to meet the complex needs of the program’s students and the increasingly sophisticated PA field. read more