Two developments in Rochester promise exciting new opportunities for students and the university. First of all, the Mayo Clinic board of governors recently approved a proposal to initiate development of a new physician assistant master’s degree program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; the proposal is a collaborative effort between Saint Mary’s University and Mayo to create a comprehensive 3+2 Physician Assistant program to meet future patient needs in the area.
Secondly, Saint Mary’s announced a generous donation of $5 million from Jack and Mary Ann Remick to make possible a related expansion to our Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, which will house the physician assistant program. This further enhances our growing presence in Rochester—a presence established more than 30 years ago.
Through the new collaboration with Mayo Clinic, students may become a physician assistant in as little as five years—spending three years studying at our Winona Campus, followed by two years of graduate study in Rochester. The graduate portion of the program will include courses and labs held at Cascade Meadow and hands-on clinical experiences at Mayo Clinic. Students successfully completing the program will earn a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s and a Master of Health Sciences degree in physician assistant studies from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. The 3+2 Physician Assistant program’s first cohort is intended to start at Saint Mary’s in the fall of 2019.
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