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Program Completion Ceremony for Physician Assistant Students at Franklin Pierce University

March 10, 2014

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Franklin Pierce University President James F. Birge and Provost Kim Mooney presided at its Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Program Completion Ceremony on March 1. Twenty-one students in the MPAS program in Lebanon, N.H., received certificates of completion toward their diplomas awarding them a Master’s degree of Physician Assistant Studies. Part of the University’s College of Graduate & Professional Studies, the MPAS program trains upcoming physician assistants who work under the supervision of a physician as part of a team.

A physician assistant may perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, and provide education and counseling to patients, among other duties. Physician assistants are nationally certified and licensed by the state to practice medicine.

Franklin Pierce University’s MPAS program received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which enables them to emphasize work with medically underserved populations, especially the elderly and people with disabilities, in rural areas of New England. Students are given special training in these areas and encouraged to serve these populations.



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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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