Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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Welcome to the Emory & Henry College's

Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies

Here within the Department, we are committed to integrating the most current and effective instructional strategies, technology and learning experiences to best prepare our students to meet the present and future healthcare needs of the region and the nation.

With a primary goal to reduce suffering and empower our patients to lead lives of greater contentment, we focus on faculty, student and patient contentment throughout the PA program. In so doing, it is our goal to assist students in not only developing into stellar, competent, compassionate and mission-focused PAs, but also to become better at 'being'.

With a mission to train the next and future generations of advanced practice providers of the highest caliber and devotion, we take our lead from the historic motto of Emory & Henry College to "Increase in Excellence," assisting our students to lead lives of service, pursue and obtain productive careers, and participate wholeheartedly in global citizenship. The graduate programs within the School of Health Sciences were developed at the request of local communities to assist in meeting the needs of the region. Given this, our training emphasis is on rural primary care for the underserved. Understanding that such an emphasis demands training students to be capable of treating patients with highly complex medical conditions and comorbidities, our students will be well trained to pursue entry level physician assistant practice in any specialty and in any location.

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It is our equally important mission to bring back the heart in medical practice -- to infuse compassion, mindfulness, and cultural humility -- to train our students to become well-rounded practitioners who are able to meet their patients' needs at pursuing lives of greater meaning and contentment.

Our website has been developed to provide you with easy access to details about our master's level PA program. After reviewing our website, I hope you will leave sharing my own excitement about developing a superb mission-focused, mindfulness-infused, patient-centered  and student-centric PA program specifically designed to carry on the wonderful legacy of Emory & Henry College in civic engagement and service to our communities.

Dr. Scott RichardsScott Richards, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Founding Chair & Director, Associate Professor


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