Physician Assistant

One of the most renowned programs in the country, the physician assistant program at LHU is designed using the medical model that emphasizes basic sciences, clinical sciences, and the critical thinking skills required to complement physician practice.

Walt Eisenhauer 

Department Chair

Walter Eisenhauer, M.Ed., MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA

217 Willis Health Professions Building, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2168
weisenha@lockhaven.edu 

 

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Physician Assistants are healthcare professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Services commonly provided by physician assistants include:

  • Taking Medical Histories
  • Performing Physical Examinations
  • Ordering and Interpreting Lab Tests
  • Assisting in Surgery
  • Counseling Patients

LHU’s 24-month program leads to a Masters of Health Science Degree and a certificate as a Physician Assistant. LHU’s offers four locations for study:

Our program offers a high-quality and affordable educational experience. In addition to the core PA education received at all campus locations, you will concentrate your studies on the care of underserved populations. The program incorporates the use of a module-based teaching format. Extensive use of small-group learning, service learning strategies, and a variety of clinical experiences result in greater than 94% first time pass rate on the NCCPA board examination.

Students and graduates highly rate the quality of their educational experience and their preparedness for entry-level clinical practice. While emphasizing primary care, program graduates work in a variety of clinical settings including:

  • Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties
  • Pediatrics
  • OB/GYN
  • Internal Medicine

Core PA Program faculty are available onsite at all campus locations and consist of physicians, physician assistants, pharmacologists, and professors of basic human and social sciences from Lock Haven University. The core physician and PA faculty have over 130 years of cumulative healthcare experience and represent leaders within the PA profession and PA education.

Application Process and Deadlines

Application Process and Deadlines

The Admissions Committee of Lock Haven University's Physician Assistant Program welcomes applications for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle beginning on April 27th, 2018.  Potential students should apply to the program through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). 

Applications must be completed AND verified by CASPA by OCTOBER 1st including official report of GRE scores directly to CASPA (Designated Institution (DI) Code 8827). 

Candidates are eligible to apply if they will complete all prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program in May.

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Admission Criteria

ADMISSION CRITERIA

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Exam (a minimum combined score of 300 and a minimum GRE writing score of 3.5) within the past three years.
  • Satisfactory completion of all prerequisite courses listed below:
    • 2 Courses in General Chemistry
    • 2 Courses of General Biology or Zoology
    • Human Anatomy
    • Human Physiology
    • Human Genetics
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics

While not required, the following courses are recommended as they better prepare students for the rigor of the program:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Physics
  • Additional coursework in the behavioral sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology

Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed within 5 years of matriculation.  A combined two semester anatomy/physiology is acceptable.

All required courses must be completed within 10 years of matriculation.

Science courses with labs are preferred.

All students must show evidence of computer literacy, either through formal coursework or experience. Computer literacy includes basic understanding of the operation of computer systems, and applications such as word processing, file management, spreadsheets, and the use of the internet.

Because of the unique nature of the master’s program, transfer credits are not accepted as substituting for any component of the Graduate Physician Assistant Program.

A minimum of five students, enrolled in the Lock Haven University Department of Health Sciences Pre-Physician Assistant Degree Program, meeting the entry requirements of the current 3 + 2 Majors, following a successful interview, are admitted each year.  Please discuss with the Chair of the Health Sciences Department.

Requirements for International Medical Graduates

**The LHU graduate physician assistant program admissions committee reserves the right to make exceptions in extenuating circumstances.**
 
Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program is limited. Students are selected upon evaluation of the following factors: completion of academic prerequisites, academic ability, residency, evidence of potential for future practice in primary care in medically underserved areas of Pennsylvania, evidence of personality traits indicating an ability to work effectively with people, and letters of recommendation. Those candidates who appear most qualified based upon the above factors may be asked for a personal interview.  Shadowing experience with physician assistants is encouraged.  Health care experience, while beneficial, is not a requirement for admission.
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Program Highlights

  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major.  Available scholarships for the Physician Assistant Program include:
    • CT Assist Scholarship
    • Lacy Magagnotti Memorial Scholarship
    • Michael Greenberg MD, MBA Physician Assistant Scholarship
    • Stephen and Pamela Poorman Physician Assistant Scholarship
    • The Dr. Larry H. Lytle and Lynn J. Lytle Scholarship
    • The Eleanor Baieroski Harendza Scholarship
    • The TurnKey Electric Physician Assistant Scholarship
    • Victoria J. Romeo, MD Memorial Physician Assistant Scholarship

      For more information and to apply for PA Program scholarships, visit our scholarships webpage.
  • Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lock Haven University.  Information regarding PA Program Accreditation and ARC-PA can be found at http://www.arc-pa.org/.
  • Program Mission: The mission of the MHS program is to educate and train highly-skilled Physician Assistants who:
      • are capable of providing quality health care
      • have expertise in the health care needs of the medically underserved
      • are prepared to critically evaluate, and become leaders in bringing
      • about improvement in the medical and social systems that affect the health of underserved populations
      • will seek and retain employment as primary care Physician Assistants in medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Physician Assistant

Dr. Walter Eisenhauer
217 Willis Health Professions Building, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2168

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