SEARCY, Ark. – The Harding University physician assistant studies program has served its one millionth patient. The PA program is a 28-month Master of Science degree program in physician assistant studies. Since its inception in 2005 the program has had more than 400 graduates.
In March 2020 the PA program transitioned to online delivery of course work for the remainder of the spring semester, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty spent the next several weeks delivering any curriculum that was transferable into an online format. Mid-summer the Class of 2021 returned to complete the remainder of their required didactic coursework. Following this, they joined the Class of 2020 in supervised clinical settings allowing the program to complete its one millionth patient encounter in August.
“It has been quite the journey, and the students, faculty and staff have weathered it with a grace and tenacity that has continued to amaze and impress me,” said Mary Madill, physician assistant studies program director and associate professor. “The journey continues and we just keep giving the Lord thanks for each and every milestone we reach.”
Harding University College of Allied Health offers high quality educational programs in some of the most dynamic and fastest growing fields in the healthcare industry including pre-athletic training, exercise science, communication sciences and disorders, physician assistant studies, speech pathology, pre-audiology and physical therapy. For more information regarding College of Allied Health news and programs, visit harding.edu/alliedhealth or call 501-279-5299.