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    Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College

    Physician Assistant Studies

    Mission Statement

    The Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Program is dedicated to the education of students to become competent, caring, compassionate, and ethical providers of primary health care services with the supervision of a licensed physician. The program seeks to instill in each individual the desire to pursue a lifelong commitment to promote excellence in the delivery of patient care through continual self-assessment and advancement of one's medical skills and knowledge. This program prepares the student to work in a wide variety of settings under the supervision of licensed physicians, such as hospitals, private primary care facilities, nursing homes, and community centers.

    Vision Statement

    The Le Moyne College Department of Physician Assistant Studies seeks to become a model primary care training program for PAs. Our students will be prepared as critical, clinical thinkers who are able to adapt to the rapidly changing healthcare environment. They will be trained using the latest technology, in interdisciplinary teams by clinicians who are committed to the education of students who are clinically competent, culturally sensitive, compassionate, creative thinkers prepared to excel in the modern healthcare paradigm.

    About the Program

    Graduates of Le Moyne’s Master of Science program in physician assistant studies are competent, caring and ethical primary health care providers committed to their patients and their communities. A unique focus of the Le Moyne program is on cultural competence and the delivery of health care to diverse populations. In accordance with the College’s Jesuit mission, students learn to care for patients in underserved areas from downtown Syracuse to rural Wyoming.
    Le Moyne is one of only a handful of PA programs that presents medical humanities courses as an integral part of training. In conjunction with evidence-based medicine skill acquisition, self-directed learning, and resource utilization, the Le Moyne graduate focuses on a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach in order to care for the whole person.

    If you would like to learn more about the courses offered within the Physician Assistant Studies Program, please visit the Le Moyne College catalog. 


    Program Accreditation
    The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Le Moyne College. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 

    Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2018. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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    Program Goals

    The professional goals for students graduating from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies include, but are not limited to the following:

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    Mary Springston

    Program Director View Bio
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    Bill Holmes

    Associate Professor View Bio
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    Rebecca Brown

    Assistant Coordinator View Bio
    We Are Leaders In

    Le Moyne's physician assistant studies program is where care meets compassion. Students benefit from a strong curriculum during the first year, known as the didactic year, and outstanding clinical experiences during the second year.

    Didactic year: The didactic curriculum reflects the overarching philosophy of the entire program, is the bio-psycho-social approach to patient care. Case review and analysis sharpens clinical skills in a safe learning environment. Lectures, seminars, and discussion groups are blended with laboratory exercises and “hands-on” physical examination skills, to round out the first year experience. 

    Le Moyne is one of only a handful of PA Programs that also presents Medical Humanities Courses as an integral part of training. In conjunction with Evidence-Based Medicine skill acquisition, self-directed learning and resource utilization, the Le Moyne graduate learns to care for the whole person. Community Service Learning moves the student from the classroom to the neighborhoods, to facilitate an even greater, deeper understanding of the human condition in the “real world.”

    Clinical year:

    Multiple sites are utilized and multiple specialties are represented. Each rotation examines the concepts of “health and wellness” in various settings, and in ways uniquely sensitive to the prevailing cultural climate. 

    The clinical curriculum is comprised of eight rotations: internal medicine and adult primary care; pediatrics; geriatrics; women’s health; surgery; emergency medicine; behavioral health; and the surgical/medical subspecialty electives.

    The 12-month clinical curriculum is comprised of eight rotations that include experiences in: internal medicine and adult primary care, pediatrics, geriatrics, women's health care, surgery,emergency medicine, behavioral medicine, surgical and medical subspecialty electives, outpatient setting, inpatient setting, and long-term care setting.

    Our program prepares students to become life-long learners, and helps promote a more just society.


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