About the Program | M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies

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Program Facilities, Resources and Technology

The opening of Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories in Fall 2016 brought state-of-the-art technology and resources to many of Carroll's programs, including Physician Assistant Studies. New portable technology in the form of laptops and iPads runs state-of-the art anatomy applications. To enhance group learning, students can project from their devices to the several television monitors mounted throughout the classrooms. Anatomical models and laboratory materials are easily accessible through a large storage/preparation room dedicated to anatomy and physiology.

Students now have unlimited access to computer-aided dissections through the use of the Anatomage dissection table. A modern cadaver dissection lab allows students the opportunity to complete research on Carroll's main campus. Read more about the cadaver dissection lab in a recent issue of Carroll University's F1RST magazine.

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Providing Comprehensive Health Care to All

Carroll University's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program is part of the Health Science Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program, an initiative made possible by a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Through the program, Carroll is designing, implementing and evaluating a training model that prepares physician assistants (as well as other health science professionals) to work in a transformed health care delivery system while meeting the primary care needs of Hispanic seniors in Milwaukee.

Through the program, Carroll expands on its existing partnership with Milwaukee’s United Community Center (UCC), a comprehensive social service agency serving predominantly Hispanic families of the city’s south side. Carroll’s MSPAS program students will provide wellness, primary care and health literacy education to seniors and their families at UCC’s Senior Center which is located in a medically underserved area and is in a primary care health professional shortage area. Students will also have opportunities to work on interprofessional teams with physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and/or public health students. Graduates of these programs contribute to the profession and communities and are prepared to practice in a variety of primary care settings including medically underserved communities and diverse patient populations. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T0BHP29989 titled Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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