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UC’s Physician Assistant program hosts open house


Dr. Sonia Young, associate director and academic coordinator of UC’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, discusses the program to a group of prospective students at the PA open house event on Saturday, August 20.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Master of Physician Assistant Studies program hosted an open house event on Saturday, August 20 in the Correll building on UC’s campus. The event was an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the PA program and how to apply.

Approximately 30 individuals attended the open house, some driving as long as four hours to learn more about the program and apply. Dr. Sonia Young, the PA associate director and academic coordinator, led a presentation in which she explained the main goal of the program. Prospective students also heard from Donna Stanfill from graduate admissions who explained the importance of application and making certain everything is filled out properly.

After the presentation, tours of the PA department and classrooms were given and those who wished to make application for the program met with a counselor.

The PA program presently has 48 students, and will accept more upon receiving ARCPA accreditation in November.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at University of the Cumberlands is offered under a co-hort system with course work to be completed over 24 months. Of the 101 credit hours in the program, 61 hours are earned through Didactics coursework in a traditional classroom and laboratory setting. 54 of these hours are earned during the first year of the program, with the remainder part of a capstone sequence at the end of the program.

Course delivery includes formal lectures, computer-generated instruction, small group sessions and the use of simulated patients. All Didactics coursework takes place on the UC campus in the Forcht Medical Wing of the Correll Science Complex. The remaining 40 hours are earned during the second year in the program through eight supervised Clinical Rotations in the field.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.