Eastern Michigan University


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

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 new instructor station with a computer, large screen and Elmo projector system. In addition, the room boasts additional items such as a built-in bench 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 during class

Clinical skills laboratories

There are two matching skills laboratories that offer flexibility with 80" LED monitors, teaching stations along with triangular student work spaces, multiple sinks and shelving for student books and equipment. These rooms are used for clinical skills training, such as practice with urinary catheter trainers, IV and injection mannikin arms and suturing.

Physical examination laboratory

The Rackham Building houses two physical examination settings. The physical examination laboratory has an open floor plan with 7 patient exam tables each equipped with real medical equipment such as ophthalmoscope, otoscope and blood pressure cuff. There are privacy curtains to separate each exam space. The physical examination laboratory 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.

Advanced patient exam suite

Constructed to very closely mimic an outpatient family practice office, the advanced patient exam suite includes a waiting room along with 6 realistic patient rooms. Each exam room includes a fully functional sink and counter with built-in disposal receptacles, standard medical equipment and supplies, a laptop for documentation practice and even recording software (pan-tilt-zoom camera and microphone system). Finally, there is a control room where faculty can watch, listen and record simulated patient encounters.

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

Small group rooms

Built specifically for the PA program, there are 4 small group rooms that each contain a large meeting table with built-in electrical outlets, hard-wired and wifi internet along with adapters to easily connect to a 70" LED screen. Students have comfortable seating, a spacious environment and a 12' magnetic whiteboard. Many of these rooms also feature original woodwork that was recently refinished and a freshly painted accent wall. These rooms are only accessible to PA students and faculty with swipe card access to allow for use as study rooms or for PA students to work collaboratively.

PBL Small Group

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

Computer room

This room has recently been modified to include 22 individual computer stations, a teaching station, 70" LED monitor, 12' whiteboard and high-volume printer. Computers will soon be set up to allow students another resource to assist with their education.

Student lounge

A student lounge is included in the Rackham Building to provide students with comfortable seating, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, sink, snack and pop/water vending machines and student computer station complete with printer. The student lounge provides students with all the amenities they need to relax in-between classes and the ability to get nourishment without having to leave the building.

Faculty and staff offices

Spacious faculty offices situated close to the PA teaching spaces allows students to simply walk down the hall to speak with faculty. PA 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. This room includes the original parquet wood flooring, a large stone fireplace, flip-down video projector and video screen along with original wood paneling that has been restored and period-style lighting. Eleanor Roosevelt visited this building decades ago and her picture was taken in this room.

Meeting Room

Executive meeting room

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

Eastern Michigan University collaborates with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital to provide wonderful educational opportunities to PA students. St. Joe's is a large hospital located less than 2 miles from the EMU Main Campus. The partnership between institutions has created 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 to partner with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for the new Human Anatomy Cadaver Laboratory and Medical Simulation Center. 

Medical Simulation Center

The new, high fidelity simulation center includes 3 simulation rooms set up as hospital rooms, 3 simulated outpatient exam rooms, a large classroom along, 3 debriefing rooms and task trainer room. A robust recording system of cameras and microphones in each of the simulated hospital and exam rooms captures all of the action and has capabilities to provide both multiple camera angles for both live and recorded viewing of simulation activities. The debriefing rooms are equipped with large (55") LED touch screen computers that provide students with instant feedback of their simulation experiences during debriefing exercises. The simulation center is well-equipped with multiple high fidelity simulators and mannikins such as Sim Man 3G, Noelle (birthing simulator), Hal (pediatric simulator), numerous task trainers (laparoscopic suturing, sternotomy, intubation and more) along with a realistic laparoscopic simulator and moulage area for preparation of simulations. For more insight into our simulation center and fantastic capabilities for medical simulation, visit: http://www.stjoeshealth.org/simulation.

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 learned in 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 May 2015, the PA students will enjoy learning in a new Human Anatomy Cadaver Laboratory (over 1,000 square feet in size) that accommodate 8 cadaver dissection tables along with multiple iPads with wireless projection to three large LED flat screens, student seating, 6 large magnetic whiteboards, office space complete with computers and anatomy resources and a locker room.

Supervised Clinical Practice Locations

The EMU PA Program is coordinating supervised clinical practice experiences in a variety of health care settings. Students are provided with a well-rounded clinical experience through exposure to suburban, rural and urban settings in large hospitals, outpatient clinics and small private practice offices. Many local PAs and physicians have agreed to serve as clinical preceptors in our community to provide students with great learning experiences within a very short drive from campus. We continue to develop relationships with 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