Westfield State University is launching the first public Physician Assistant program in New England, enrolling its inaugural class in January 2018! The M.S. in Physician Assistant studies is an intensive, 24-month program that intends to educate a diverse student body of highly skilled and culturally aware healthcare providers who will utilize a patient-centered care approach and be committed to serving the public in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.
The physician assistant field is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States and the US Department of Labor Statistics reports that the employment of physician assistants is expected to grow an average 38% through the year 2022, ranking among the fastest growing of occupations.
The Westfield State University Physician Assistant Studies Program has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Westfield State University anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2018, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the September 2017 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.