MARIETTA — Stacey Riethman, of Minster, Ohio, was recently enrolled into Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Graduate Program. Thirty-six students are part of the 13th class that began a 26-month rigorous journey on June 15, 2015.
Riethman earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, and is scheduled to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in July 2017.
The Physician’s Assistant Program began in 2002 after receiving a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
The master’s program is designed to help meet the need for qualified health care providers, by choosing individuals who have the academic, clinical, and interpersonal aptitudes necessary for education as physician assistants.
The program is broken into two phases — didactic and clinical. The didactic phase begins with classroom and lab experiences in the basic medical sciences and clinical medicine. It is scheduled for the first 12 months. The clinical phase, which includes the capstone project, is designed to provide instruction in the clinical setting by physicians and PA preceptors. It is scheduled for the final 14 months.
Students who wish to enter the program must have already obtained a bachelor’s degree, having earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisites and their GRE scores.