The new 28-month, full time master’s program will include three semesters of classroom instruction and 16 months of clinical training within the Ochsner Health system, according to an Xavier University of Louisiana release.
A PA is a licensed and trained health care professional who works under the supervision of a physician.
“We have greatly expanded our program offerings over the past three years to meet the evolving needs of students to be globally competitive and prepare for successful careers in the current markets,” said Dr. Anne McCall, provost of Xavier University of Louisiana. “The commitment to establish the new program reflects our mission at Xavier University to prepare students to be servant-leaders who impact transformative change for a more just and humane society.”
After completing the three semesters of classroom instruction, PA program students will complete around 2,000 hours of interactive clinical experience through 11 rotations at various Ochsner facilities, working in specialties such as Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Health, Pediatrics, General Surgery and Women’s Health.
The program is anticipated to be in effect for the January 2020 semester, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.