BW Launches Nursing, Physician Assistant Programs

October 1, 2012

Building on the success of its healthcare programs and addressing critical industry needs, Baldwin Wallace is offering post-baccalaureate nursing and graduate physician assistant programs.

The programs integrate classroom rigor and comprehensive clinical rotations with BW’s liberal arts-focused approach to learning. Upon graduation, nursing and physician assistantgraduates will be adept practitioners as well as leaders prepared for today’s complex healthcare system.

First Nursing Class: Enthusiastic and Engaged

In August, BW welcomed 29 students to its accelerated bachelor of science nursing program. Upon announcement, the program received an overwhelming response of applicants attracted to its 12-month completion and innovative concept-based curriculum.

The students, diverse in career background, age and ethnicity, have quickly and enthusiastically integrated into the program. Ranging in age from 22-63, they are career-changers whose backgrounds include teaching, engineering, bio-statistics and more.

Physician Assistant: One of Fastest Growing Health Careers

In May 2013, Baldwin Wallace is introducing a 24-month physician assistant program leading to a Master of Medical Science degree.*

The program addresses the growing need for certified physician assistants. Forbes.com rates physician assistant #1 on its list of "best master’s degrees for jobs." CNNMoney.com ranks physician assistant as its #2 choice for a healthcare career in its "Best Jobs in America" list.

BW’s PA program will offer rigorous coursework and comprehensive clinical rotations. Upon completion, participants earn a MMS degree and are prepared to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). 

There are currently 164 accredited PA programs in the United States, of which only seven are in Ohio. The mean salary for practicing PAs in Ohio is $86,766.