TULSA, OKLA (Dec. 12, 2016) — OU-Tulsa recently celebrated its next class of Physician Assistant (PA) graduates. The Class of 2016 included 26 students, which now makes a total of 167 total graduates of the program.
Physician Assistants are healthcare professionals authorized to practice in collaboration with physicians. PAs are licensed to perform similar tasks to those of physicians, including working in hospitals and medical clinics, assisting in surgeries and prescribing medications.
The first half of the 2.5-year program involves instructional training in a classroom setting, and the second half of the program is clinical training. Upon completion of the program, graduates must pass a national certification exam before being licensed to practice.
“We are incredibly proud of the Class of 2016 and know they will add to our legacy of success as one of the strongest primary care PA programs in the country,” said Shannon Ijams, program director. Since 2012, all OU-Tulsa PA program graduates have a 100% first-time pass rate.
OU-Tulsa offers the only PA program in NE Oklahoma, through the OU-TU School of Community Medicine, which is a joint effort between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. The graduation took place Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the University of Tulsa’s Lorton Performance Center.
OU-Tulsa is a nationally-recognized center for higher education offering a wide range of 30+ undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctorate level degrees, as well as graduate certificates. Programs include architecture, engineering, education, nursing, public health, occupational and physical therapy, human relations, library and information studies, organizational dynamics, public administration, social work, as well as medicine through the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. Since 1957, OU-Tulsa has provided higher education to NE Oklahoma and moved to the 60-acre Schusterman Campus in 1999.