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Inaugural physician assistant class awarded degrees in December

Apr 14, 2022
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Kate Malott
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Physcian Assistant Program Creighton

In December, the School of Medicine awarded 23 physician assistant (PA) students their Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degrees during the program’s inaugural commencement ceremony.

“These professionals are graduating at a time when the health care system needs them the most,” said Stephane VanderMeulen, associate professor and Physician Assistant Program Director.

A physician assistant is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who practices medicine as a member of a health care team with physicians and other health professionals. Graduates of the program, which is one of six programs offered at Jesuit institutions in the United States, receive a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in just over two years.

“They are compassionate physician assistants dedicated to impacting the lives of patients and providing service to the communities they will serve. They have received an exceptional education at Creighton and are poised to enter the workforce with the highest level of knowledge, skills and preparation.”

Individuals pursuing opportunities in the PA field are joining a pool of prospective employees in an in-demand career field. According to U.S. News & World Report, the physician assistant profession ranks first on the 2021 list of Best Jobs in America and first on the list of Best Health Care Jobs. The field is expected to grow by over 30% through 2030.