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Kent State University’s Geauga Campus to Launch Physician Assistant Certificate Program

Beginning in the spring 2023 semester, students entering the medical field can take courses in the new Physician Assistant Certificate Program at Kent State University’s Geauga Campus in Burton Township.

Students must complete the required prerequisite courses before beginning the Physician Assistant Certificate program.

This new program is ideal for students seeking entry-level healthcare positions, the college said in a news release. Classes are designed to provide flexibility, using online and hybrid classes with in-person lab sessions in the evenings.

This fast-paced certification program will equip students for a stronger career trajectory while helping to fill a need in the healthcare industry for more skilled physician assistants, the statement said.

There is currently a shortage of physician assistants in health care in Ohio, and many physician assistants currently in the workforce are trained but not certified, said Julie Senita, senior program director of Nursing & Allied Health. at Kent State Ashtabula. She added that this program was developed with accreditation standards in mind, which could enable graduates to apply for certification in the future.

“Students in this new program can earn the certificate in three semesters and may be able to seek certification as a physician assistant through a variety of pathways,” Senita said in the release. “This provides students with an entry-level position in healthcare settings and may lead them to additional opportunities to develop their healthcare careers.”

In response to the healthcare market’s need for qualified physician assistants, this program was first considered in the spring of 2020. Since then, feedback and support from healthcare providers in Northeast Ohio were integrated to best meet the health care needs of the region, according to the press release

“The need for qualified medical assistants has never been greater,” Senita said, noting that an aging population has led to an increase in demand for health care, while simultaneously retirements among healthcare workers exceed new employment rates.

Physician assistants work in many health care settings, supporting the doctor and other health care providers who provide patient care.

Common workplaces include hospitals, doctor’s offices, outpatient clinics, urgent care facilities and public schools, the statement said. Physician assistants typically perform administrative and clinical duties in addition to serving as patient liaisons and integral members of health care teams.

The curriculum of the program follows recommended industry standards and guidelines, covering 12 content areas: anatomy and physiology; applied mathematics; infection control; nutrition; Communication; administrative functions; finance basic practices; reimbursement by a third party; procedural and diagnostic coding; legal implications; and ethical considerations; and protective practices.

In order to be accepted into the undergraduate certificate program in medical assisting offered at the Ashtabula and Geauga campuses through the College of Applied and Technical Studies, student applicants must meet with an advisor to review prerequisites and requirements.

Call Student Services at 440-834-4187 to make an appointment with an advisor.

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