WAUKESHA, WIS.— Carroll University will launch a new program in Physician Assistant Studies in June 2011, becoming just the fourth institution of higher education in Wisconsin to offer such a program. Carroll recently received a nearly $1 million grant to support its PA program.
"The addition of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies to Carroll's academic portfolio will enhance Carroll's reputation for academic excellence and emphasize our commitment to be responsive to community needs," said Dr. Joanne Passaro, Carroll's provost. "It is an outstanding complement to our strong allied health offerings, and it promises to attract a diverse range of new and highly qualified students to Carroll."
Carroll's program includes components to teach physician assistants how to effectively treat those who now have only limited access to medical care. Last week, Carroll was awarded a five-year, $967,687 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Those funds will support the design, implementation and assessment of a new cultural competency component of the curriculum, which focuses on developing students' abilities to provide effective treatment to minority populations.
Dr. Jane Hopp, Dean of the Division of Natural and Health Sciences at Carroll, was instrumental in drafting the grant application and will administer the grant for Carroll.
"The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program and the federal grant are very exciting initiatives for Carroll, Waukesha and surrounding communities," Hopp said. "We are committed to including cultural competency throughout the program's curriculum. Building on Carroll's commitment to a strong liberal arts education, interdisciplinary health sciences education training, and cross-cultural diversity education, the program and the grant will help reduce disparities that exist among the medically underserved."
Dr. Russell W. Harland, a 1983 Carroll graduate, and an expert in critical care medicine and pulmonary disease, is the PA program director and a clinical associate professor at Carroll.
"I look forward with enthusiasm to the launch of another Carroll University health sciences program," Harland said. "The focus on primary care and our mission to enhance health care delivery to medically underserved communities are unique aspects of this program, which will complement the dynamic and changing medical community in Waukesha County, the greater Milwaukee area and southeastern Wisconsin."
Carroll's program has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the national Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.
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