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The application cycle for January 2019 admission to the PA Program opens on April 26, 2018. The application deadline with a verified status is August 1, 2018. On campus interviews will be conducted on September 16.


University of Evansville Physician Assistant is adding an exciting component to our interview pre-screen. View the article featuring our Department Chair Dr. Michael Roscoe explaining his motivation for implementing CASPer in our next admission cycle!

UEPA department chair and faculty publish article

An article by University of Evansville physician assistant department chair Michael Roscoe and faculty members Andy Lampkins, Sean Harper, and Gina Niemeier will be featured in the May/June publication of Clinician Reviews. The article is titled "Heart Failure: A Dynamic Approach to Classification and Management."

 

UEPA Class of 2020

On January 5, the University of Evansville Physician Assistant program welcomed their second cohort.  Introducing the UEPA Class of 2020!

UEPA Class of 2020

UE's Physician Assistant Program Featured on PAEA Website

The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) has featured the University of Evansville Physician Assistant Program on its website. 

PAEA says of the program, "With an inaugural class of 20 students, the University of Evansville PA program is set to make a big difference for people in not one — but three — states. Nestled in the tri-state area of Indiana-Illinois-Kentucky, the University of Evansville, located in Evansville, Indiana, is in a unique position to reach thousands of people in their state-spanning medically underserved area." 

Read the full feature, including photos and an in-depth interview with program director and chair Michael Roscoe, PhD, PA-C,on the PAEA website

UE's Physician Assistant Program Featured on PAEA Website

UE Officials Tour Med School Construction Site

On July 18, a group of University of Evansville officials got a sneak peek at the multi-institutional medical campus currently under construction in downtown Evansville. 

UE will have dedicated space for its physician assistant and physical therapy programs on the first, third and fourth floors.

Med School from outside

The second floor is dedicated to collaboration. Students from all disciplines and institutions will study gross anatomy together in the all-inclusive suite. The advanced simulation center—equipped just like a real hospital and complete with live patient actors—will record patient-caregiver interactions and provide real-time feedback for advanced training. This unique environment will allow our students to study alongside those from other institutions and disciplines and learn from professionals working in four different area hospitals.

The facility is set to open in the fall of 2018 and moving plans are in the works for UE programs.

Construction Site

UE Officials Tour Med School Construction Site

PA Class of 2019

The University of Evansville PA Program is proud to announce our inaugural class of PA students.  Twenty students started the program on January 9, 2017 and will graduate in May 2019.

PA Class of 2019

Physician Assistant (PA) Ranked #3 in the Best 100 Jobs and #3 in the Best Health Care Jobs by US News and World Report

How US News Ranks the Best Jobs
1. Median Salary
2. Employment Rate
3. 10-Year Growth Volume
4. 10-Year Growth Percentage
5. Future Job Prospects
6. Stress Level
7. Work Life Balance

Stats for Physician Assistants
Median Salary 2015: $98,180
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Number of Jobs: 28,700
Upward Mobility: Average
Stress Level: Above Average
Flexibility: Above Average

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/how-us-news-ranks-the-best-jobs

Mike Roscoe selected to the PAEA Leadership Development and Recruitment Council (LDRC)

This Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) committee has a focus to facilitate decision making skills, leadership characteristics, and develop leadership competencies. Additionally, this committee has a charge to facilitate the recruitment of qualified prospectice leaders for PAEA. 

UE Physician Assistant Program Granted Accreditation-Provisional Status

The University of Evansville physician assistant program has been granted accreditation-provisional status by The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The University’s inaugural class of 20 physician assistant students will begin the program in January 2017.

ARC-PA is the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and physician assistant profession by defining the standards for physician assistant education and evaluating physician assistant educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure compliance with those standards.

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 of students. Accreditation-provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

For more information, please call 812-488-2345.

Michael Roscoe Selected as PAEA Workshop Facilitator

Michael Roscoe, director and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Science, has been selected to serve as a facilitator for the Physician Assistant Education Association's Program Directors 101 Retreat. The retreat will be held July 28-August 1 in Potomac, Maryland.

Mike Roscoe Publishes Article

Mike Roscoe, director and chair of the Physician Assistant Program, has had an article published in the Clinician Review. The article, titled “Low Back Pain: Evidence-based Diagnosis and Treatment,” can be found on the Clinician Review website.

Michael Roscoe Named Founding Director of UE’s Physician Assistant Program; the First Program of its Kind in the Area

After conducting a national search, the University of Evansville has named Michael Roscoe as founding director and chair of UE’s new Department of Physician Assistant Science.

“I am very excited to come to UE and help develop this program,” Roscoe says. “UE is an excellent school with a history of outstanding health care programs. There is a need in Evansville and the surrounding region for increased access to medical care. This program will help fill the gap. There is a real excitement in the community to work together for this goal, and it is the collaboration and excitement that brought me back to Evansville.”

Roscoe comes to his position at the University of Evansville from Butler University where he was chair of health sciences and assistant dean of inter-professional education. Previously, he served as associate professor and program director of the physician assistant program at Butler. 

A former Evansville resident and Memorial High School graduate, Roscoe earned a PhD in international health science from Trident University International. He has two master’s degrees, one in physician assistant studies with a concentration in emergency medicine from the University of Nebraska, and one in biology from Purdue University. Roscoe has bachelor’s degrees from Butler University in biology and in health science. He has worked clinically in emergency medicine as an EMT and as a paramedic.

In 2000, Roscoe joined the Indiana National Guard and was deployed with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan in 2004-05 for an 18 month deployment. He had a second combat tour in Iraq in 2008-09.  He has been decorated by the military with numerous awards including the Bronze Star Medal.

Roscoe was named a distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants by his professional colleagues. He was also awarded the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ Paragon Award and the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants’ PA of the Year Award. Roscoe has been active in the physician assistant profession as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Physician Assistant Education and as an active writer and presenter on topics related to physician assistant practice.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Roscoe join the University of Evansville as the founding director of our physician assistant program,” says Mary Kessler, dean of UE’s College of Education and Health Science. “This is an extremely important position for our institution and for our community. Dr. Roscoe brings the credentials, the enthusiasm, and the experience we need to lead our developing PA program. We are eager for the campus and the community to meet him.”

UE’s physician assistant program is the first in the area. This master’s-level program will begin classes in January 2017. The program will move to the multi-institutional academic health science and research center when it is completed in downtown Evansville. The program will be open to traditional college-age students and to community members seeking a second degree in a growing health care field.

“At UE, we integrate classrooms and take multidisciplinary approaches to education,” explains Kessler, “so our students are very strong in liberal arts, and many will already have skills needed by healthcare professionals.”

“PA classes don’t begin until 2017, but students can come to UE now and get started on a preparatory undergraduate degree or individual prerequisites for the program,” she says. “UE offers many degrees compatible with preparation for entry into a master’s program for physician assistants. Already starting this fall, we look forward to welcoming new freshman who are interested in becoming physician assistants.”

Physician assistants work as part of a physician-led team to provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive, and health maintenance services: performing physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, prescribing certain medications, and more. PAs work in diverse medical and surgical settings, including family and internal medicine, emergency departments, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, surgical sub-specialties, and mental and behavioral health care.

Click here to learn more about the physician assistant program at the University of Evansville. 

University of Evansville Announces New Physician Assistant Program

The University of Evansville is proud to announce that it will launch a new physician assistant program, the first in the Tri-State area, to build on its existing strength in health professions education and help meet the growing need for health care providers. The master’s-level program is slated to begin classes in January 2017 at the incoming multi-institutional academic health science and research center heading to downtown Evansville. 

The University began investigating the feasibility of a physician assistant program more than two years ago. A physician assistant program will be beneficial to our area because the prevalence of physician assistants (PAs) in the Tri-State is lower than the national average and Evansville is surrounded by many medically underserved areas. In addition, experts in the health care field project significant shortages of primary care providers, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for physician assistants will grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than average.

The University is currently conducting a national search for a physician assistant program director and pursuing provisional accreditation, a status granted to new PA programs, from the Accreditation Review Council on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

The program will be just one of the University of Evansville offerings to be housed in the new downtown medical research facility, including the doctor of physical therapy program and possibly others in the future. This facility will provide collaborative research opportunities open to all entities involved, and all institutions will benefit from shared learning spaces such as the simulation laboratory and the gross anatomy laboratory.

UE’s physician assistant program will last approximately 24 to 30 months and will include both classroom and clinical education in topics such as medical sciences; behavioral and social sciences; clinical medicine, patient assessments; and health policy and practice issues.

“Although PA classes don’t begin until 2017, students can come to UE right now and get started on a preparatory undergraduate degree or individual prerequisites for the program,” says Dr. Lynn Penland, senior vice president of academic affairs for the University of Evansville. “UE offers many degrees which are compatible with preparation for entry into a master’s program for physician assistants. Starting fall, 2015, we look forward to welcoming new freshman students, who are interested in becoming physician assistants.”

Physician assistants work as part of a physician-led team to provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive, and health maintenance services: performing physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, prescribing certain medications, and more. PAs work in diverse medical and surgical settings, including family and internal medicine, emergency departments, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and surgical sub-specialties, and mental and behavioral health care.

Learn more about UE's physician assistant program at http://www.evansville.edu/majors/physicianassistant/

University of Evansville Announces New Physician Assistant Program

The University of Evansville is proud to announce that it will launch a new physician assistant program, the first in the Tri-State area, to build on its existing strength in health professions education and help meet the growing need for health care providers. The master’s-level program is slated to begin classes in 2017.

The University began conducting a feasibility study for a physician assistant program more than a year ago. The study, led by Tripp Umbach, indicated that the prevalence of physician assistants (PAs) in the Tri-State is lower than the national average. In addition, experts in the health care field project significant shortages of primary care providers, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for physician assistants will grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than average.

The University is currently conducting a national search for a physician assistant program director and is pursuing provisional accreditation, a status granted to new PA programs, from the Accreditation Review Council for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA).

Physician assistants work as part of a physician-led team to provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive, and health maintenance services: performing physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, prescribing certain medications, and more. PAs work in diverse medical and surgical settings, including family and internal medicine, emergency departments, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and surgical sub-specialties, and mental and behavioral health care.

UE’s physician assistant program will last approximately 24 to 27 months and will include both classroom and clinical education in topics such as medical, behavior, and social sciences; clinical medicine; patient assessment; and health policy and practice issues.

“We look forward to offering the region’s first physician assistant program, which we are developing based on the current and future needs for health care providers – both here in the Tri-State and nationwide,” said John A. Mosbo, UE senior vice president for academic affairs. “The new program provides an excellent opportunity to educate local students and import talent from a broad geographical area. Given our existing strength in health sciences education, UE is well positioned to make an impact on those needs through a physician assistant program.”

“Physician assistants can be a vital part of medical practices here in Evansville, and I’m thrilled to see a local university stepping up to educate these health care professionals,” said David Schultz II, MD, a local physician with Evansville Primary Care and 1994 UE alumnus. “With the physician and nurse shortage in Indiana and America, physician assistants serve an important role in increasing healthcare availability.”

Learn more about UE’s Physician Assistant Program.

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