Upon completion of the program, a student will have developed the skills to provide competent and compassionate care, as well as skills that promote lifelong learning. These include, but are not limited to:
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2018. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
History of the Profession
Dr. Eugene Stead and his colleagues used ex-military corpsmen in the early 1960s to help run specialty units at Duke University. Because the nation was facing a severe shortage of primary health care providers, Dr. Stead developed a two-year curriculum to expand the prior education and experience of these corpsmen to become competent physician assistants. With the support of the Duke faculty and administration, he launched the first formal educational program for physician assistants at Duke in 1965. For the next seven years, Duke University and later the University of Washington (Dr. Richard Smith's MEDEX program) became focal points for the development of the physician assistant profession.
Excerpted from “Biographies: Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD,” Physician Assistant History Center
History of the Program
The physician assistant program of Le Moyne College was founded in 1996 in response to the health care needs of Central New York, including Syracuse and Onondaga County. It was established within the Department of Biology with Norb Henry, Ed.D. as the founding director, and James Longo, M.D., as the founding medical director. The program was initially granted provisional accreditation, and full accreditation in 1998. Continuing accreditation was granted for 2002-2006, 2006-2011 and 2011-2018. The next ARC-PA review will occur in September 2018.
The physician assistant program became the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in 2005. It received approval to grant a Master of Science degree to graduates, with the first full graduate class entering in fall 2005.
The first class entered in fall 1996 with 32 students. Since 1998, over 480 students have earned master's degrees from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and are employed throughout Central New York and across the United States.
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