Ohio Dominican University's Physician Assistant Studies Program Receives Accreditation

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2012-03-26

Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has earned Provisional Accreditation for its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. The commission is the national accrediting body for physician assistant programs. The University’s PA program is the first in central Ohio and the newest in the Midwest region. 

“A physician assistant program is very much in keeping with the mission and identity of Ohio Dominican and its commitment to service,” stated ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. 

ODU received the commission’s notification on March 23. Provisional Accreditation is the highest level ODU could achieve at this point. The commission does not grant full accreditation until universities graduate their first full class. 

“Ohio Dominican University is on track to seat its first class of 40 students – perhaps even a few more – when the program officially launches in July 2012,” President Cimbolic said. 

Physician assistants are licensed across the country to diagnose and treat patients under a doctor’s supervision. They’re trained to take medical histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose common illnesses, order laboratory tests and determine treatment, including prescribing appropriate medication, and counseling and educating patients on their medical problems. 

Physician assistants are among Ohio’s 15 fastest-growing professions. Studies show an estimated 39 percent increase in job opportunities for this specialty between 2008 and 2018. It’s the No. 1 most popular master’s degree and the No. 2 most popular profession in the country. 

“There is such a national and regional shortage of physician assistants,” President Cimbolic said, noting the closest physician assistant program is 80 miles away. “We saw an opportunity to bridge this gap by launching our own high-quality instructional PA program.” 

To lead the program, ODU hired David Paulk, PA-C, Ed.D. as Program Director and Michael Weinstock, M.D. as Medical Director. Prior to joining Ohio Dominican, Paulk was an Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator in Arcadia University’s Department of Medical Science and Community Health. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Weinstock is an emergency physician with Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, and an Attending Emergency Medical Physician and Director of Medical Education for Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital’s Emergency Department in Columbus. 

For more information on ODU’s PA program, visit www.ohiodominican.edu/pa. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. It has nearly 3,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.