Physician Assistant Program

Contact: Office of Admission

(440) 826-8012, paprogram@bw.edu

Contact: Physician Assistant Program

(440) 826-2221, msiverd@bw.edu

OVERVIEW

Small class sizes, faculty mentoring and collaborative learning are the hallmarks of a Baldwin Wallace education. In combination with our holistic approach to learning, BW's Master of Medical Science (MMS) physician assistant program prepares you to be a patient-care provider across diverse health care settings.

Through coursework and clinical rotations, you’ll gain extensive integrated and diagnostic medical sciences training designed to build proficiencies in critical thinking and problem solving. Upon completion, you’ll earn the MMS degree and be prepared to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

39 percent projected increase in PA jobs through 2018  100 percent first-time pass rate on PANCE exam  $86,766 mean salary for practicing Physician Assistants in Ohio 

WHAT IS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT?

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a physician. PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling, and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. They work in all medical and surgical specialties to complement physician practice. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow PAs to practice and prescribe medications.

TWENTY-FOUR MONTHS TO A TOP MEDICAL CAREER

Physician assistant (PA) is one of the fastest-growing health careers. Forbes.com rates physician assistant #1 on its list of "best master’s degrees for jobs," and CNNMoney.com ranks physician assistant as its #2 choice for a health care career in its "Best Jobs in America" list.

The mean salary for practicing physician assistants in Ohio is $86,766. The Department of Labor projects a 39 percent increase in physician assistant jobs through 2018.

BALDWIN WALLACE'S IDEAL LOCATION

BW's location is ideal. Its suburban campus is just minutes from internationally-ranked and renowned medical facilities, including the Cleveland Clinic. Northeast Ohio offers outstanding career opportunities in all aspects of health care.