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September 24, 2010
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Towson University-CCBC Essex Physician Assistant Program marks
National PA Week – Oct. 6-12, 2010
Baltimore County, Md. – Although many people are now familiar with the term “Nurse Practitioner,” most are still unaware of a similar health care professional – “Physician Assistant.” Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural, urban and suburban settings.
Both Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants can prescribe medication, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care and assist in surgery, to name only a few.
According to Donna Sewell, MS, PA-C, director of the Towson University-CCBC Essex PA program, “The main difference between the professions is one of philosophy. PAs see themselves as practicing medicine while NPs see themselves in an advanced Nursing role. Regardless, both professionals strengthen the health care workforce and help alleviate the impact of the shortage of physicians.”
In 2003, Towson University and the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex joined forces to begin educating students as Physician Assistants. The result is a full-time 26-month continuous enrollment, 96-credit program. Applicants are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree and strong science backgrounds. More than 500 people apply each year for the 30+ seats in the TU-CCBC Essex PA program.
TU-CCBC Essex PA Week activities:
• Oct. 6 – Health and program Information table on the Quad in front of the “A” Building at CCBC Essex
• Oct. 7 – Middle School students from will get a “hands-on” view of the PA patient assessment laboratory at CCBC Essex and the opportunity to see how the different medical monitoring equipment works.
Each year, the TU-CCBC PA program uses National PA Week to create awareness of the program and of the profession. Both the Governor and the Baltimore County Executive have been asked to issue proclamations proclaiming Oct. 6-12, 2010 as PA Week in the state and the county.
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