Eastern Michigan University


The EMU Physician Assistant (PA) Program offers fantastic facilities and resources for students, faculty and alumni.

Rackham Building

In the heart of the EMU main campus, the historic Rackham Building recently underwent renovations specifically for the new EMU PA program. In 2013, a new roof and windows for the entire building were installed and in 2014 renovations for the PA program were completed at a cost of approximately $3.6 million dollars. This late 1930's building now boasts a beautiful and functional space that includes art deco features such as tile and wood paneling on many walls, granite drinking fountains and student lockers along with new technology such as high-speed wifi and more than 10 large LED screens with easy connectivity.

Historic Rackham Building - Entrance

Main Entrance to the historic Rackham Building.

Hallway - Rackham

Renovated common area and hallway

Advanced classroom

Equipped with two 80" flat screen LED monitors for clear visualization, a lecture capture system along with comfortable student seating. There is high capacity wifi and electrical outlets at each student seat along with storage on one side of the room and a display board at the other end. There is a built-in bench along with storage for books and two large display cabinets.

Advanced Classroom

View of one-half of the Advanced Classroom

PA Students in Classroom

    PA students on the first day of class

Clinical skills laboratories

Two matching laboratories offer flexibility with an 80" LED monitor and teaching station along with triangular student work spaces, two sinks and shelving for student books and equipment.

Physical examination laboratory

Seven patient exam tables along with common medical tools set up in an open setting with privacy curtains. This space allows students to hone examination and intervention skills while also providing ease of student instruction with a flexible room that includes a large whiteboard, 80" LED monitor and teaching station.

Simulated family practice office

Set up similar to an outpatient family practice office, there is a waiting room along with six patient rooms equipped just like an real patient room. There is running water, standard medical equipment and supplies, a laptop for documenting and even recording software. Finally, there is a control room where faculty can watch, listen and record students.

Patient Exam Room - Video review

Patient Exam Room - Laptop Computer Station with student review

Exam Control Room - Video Screen

Control Room recording and review capabilities

Four small group/PBL rooms

The small group rooms each contain a large meeting table with built-in electrical outlets, hard-wired internet along with adapters to easily connect to the 70" LED screen. Students have comfortable seating, a spacious environment and a 12' whiteboard. Many of these rooms also feature original, refinished wood paneling and a freshly painted accent wall. Students have swipe card access to these rooms outside of scheduled classes to use as study rooms or work collaboratively on projects.

PBL Small Group

PA students and facilitator discussing a patient case in one of the new
small group/PBL rooms.

Computer testing room

This room including 22 individual computer stations, a teaching station, 70" LED monitor, 12' whiteboard and high-volume printer.

Student lounge

The student lounge is complete with comfortable seating, a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, sink, snack and pop/water vending machines and student computer station complete with printer.

Faculty and staff offices

Spacious offices allow students to simply walk down the hall to access faculty. Faculty and staff are conveniently clustered near each other to promote communication and teamwork.

Executive meeting room

This space resembles a classic executive board room and serves as the perfect setting for meetings or student small group sessions. There is original, refinished parquet wood flooring, a large stone fireplace, flip-down video projector and video screen along with original, refinished wood paneling and period lighting.

Meeting Room

Executive meeting room

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

The EMU PA Program has collaborated with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, a large hospital located less than 2 miles from the EMU Main Campus. This partnership creates a dynamic learning environment that is mutually useful to EMU students and local health care professionals from various disciplines. Eastern has contributed over $1 million dollars for construction along with substantial annual lease agreements annually to partner with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for the new Human Anatomy Cadaver Laboratory and Medical Simulation Center. 

Medical Simulation Center

This new, high fidelity simulation center includes 3 simulation rooms set up as hospital rooms, multiple simulated exam rooms, a large classroom along with debriefing rooms. The electronic system includes a robust recording system of cameras and microphones along with large (55") LED touch screens to provide students with virtually instant feedback during simulation exercises. There are multiple high fidelity mannikins such as Sim Man 3G, Noelle (birthing simulator), pediatric simulator, numerous task trainers along with a laparoscopic simulator and moulage area for preparation of simulations.

Simulation Center Ribbon Cutting - May 2014

Official ribbon cutting event in May 2014

Birthing Simulator

Noelle, the birthing simulator

Sim Man 3G

Sim Man 3G during a CPR demonstration

Simulation Center Control Room

Control Room for simulations

Human Anatomy Cadaver Lab

The first class of PA students are using a newly renovated lab with 4 human cadavers (5 students per cadaver), numerous anatomy models, iPad and wireless projection to a 60" flat LED screen. Beginning in 2015, there will be a new Human Anatomy Cadaver Laboratory with over 1,000 square feet of newly renovated space to accommodate 8 cadavers along with multiple iPads with wireless projection to three 60" flat LED screens, student seating, whiteboards and office space complete with computers.

Supervised Clinical Practice Locations

The EMU PA Program is coordinating supervised clinical practice experiences at a variety of health care settings. We will provide students with a well-rounded clinical experience through exposure to suburban, rural and urban settings in large hospitals, outpatient clinics and small private practice offices.

We have contacted many PAs and physicians and have amassed a robust list of clinical preceptors. We continue to develop relationships with other potential clinical sites both locally and elsewhere in Michigan.

The Physician Assistant Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090