University of Nevada, Reno begins Physician Assistant masters program in 2017

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In an effort to grow the number of healthcare providers in our region as population grows, the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Renown Health will collaborate to start a new Master of Physician Assistant program.

According to the university, Renown Health will donate $500,000 to kick-start the program, and provide expertise of Renown providers and leading-edge training sites.

The program will last 27 months including academic and clinical skills courses as well as supervised clinical practice.

Applicants must have at least 2,000 hours of healthcare experience before applying. There is no residency required, so graduates can immediately begin working after completion.

According to a release, Brian Lauf PA-C has been named the program's founding director. The School of Medicine is currently seeking faculty and staff for the program, and has applied for accreditation of the new program.

The first class is set to begin in June 2017 on the University's Redfield Campus, and the first 24 graduates would be seen in fall 2019.

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