Marshall University has applied for Accreditation - Provisional through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). This process must occur prior to matriculating any students. We will post updates to this site as soon as they are received.
In response to the national demand for physician assistants (PAs), the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is developing a physician assistant program with 28 months of rigorous academic courses and challenging clinical rotations as set forth for Provisional Accreditation, per ARC-PA. Physician assistants are in high demand because they are integrated into all health care disciplines and settings, are cost-effective for the health care industry, and because of the shortage of physicians. As a matter of fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of PAs is expected to grow 37 percent between 2016 and 2026.
Marshall University’s PA graduates will earn a Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant degree, and will be prepared to evaluate, diagnose, and manage patients in primary and specialty care across all stages of life as well as patients in culturally diverse and rural settings. Additionally, the program will provide its students with the competencies and skills to support life-long learning, to apply evidence-based medicine in practice, and to work in interprofessional teams. When this team approach of health care professionals is used, a wider range of services can be offered and more patients will benefit at the regional, state and national levels.