There is high demand for the physician assistant (PA) profession, as physician assistants (PAs) help to fill the gap in a projected shortage of primary care physicians. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of PAs will increase 30% in 10 years. Interest in the profession is also very high, as PA has been named Best Master's Degree for Jobs by Forbes and 2nd Best Job in America by CNN Money.
In response to pending local and national primary care provider shortages and the changing healthcare industry, the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Board of Regents approved the new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies academic program in 2012.
The EMU PA Program is situated in the School of Health Promotion and Human Performance, within the College of Health and Human Services. The PA Program is a twenty-four month, full-time, year-round graduate professional program with the first class of students starting in May 2014. This program will prepare its graduates to be certified and licensed to practice medicine using autonomous decision making under the supervision of a physician. The EMU PA Program assists students in developing critical thinking and patient-centered problem-solving skills with a practical focus to prepare them for the experiences they will encounter upon graduation. We seek to not just produce physician assistants, but rather to create highly respected ambassadors of the PA profession.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Eastern Michigan University Physician Assistant Program.Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. Accreditation-Provisional remains in effect until the program achieves Accreditation-Continued after its third review, closes or withdraws from the accreditation process, or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.