ISU Meridian Health Science Center

Physician Assistant Program featured in national magazine

July 12, 2011

Pick up a copy of this month’s “PA Professional” and you just might see a familiar face or two on the cover.

Idaho State’s Physician Assistant Program is the cover story of the June/July issue of “PA Professional,” the national trade magazine of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

The three-page article titled, “In Sync With Distance Learning—Answering the Call for More Providers,” discusses the growth of the program in Pocatello, the expansion to the Meridian Health Science Center and how classrooms on both campuses are linked seamlessly through distance-learning technology.

Program director and department chair, Paula Phelps, says in the article that 60 percent of the program’s graduates stay in Idaho to practice—serving rural communities and helping ease Idaho’s critical shortage of healthcare providers.

ISU, which has the only physician assistant program in Idaho, awards the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Graduates complete a rigorous 24 months of training. The first year is spent in the classroom and the second in clinical rotations.

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