About the Program

The Lock Haven University (LHU) Physician Assistant (PA) Program represents the first Master's Degree entry-level program within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The 24 month program leads to a Master of Health Science (MHS) Degree, that is awarded by Lock Haven University, and a certificate of completion from the Physician Assistant Program. With four locations, LHU Main Campus, Clearfield Branch Campus, Dixon University Center Campus in Harrisburg, PA, and UPMC Cole Hospital Campus in Coudersport, PA, the LHU PA program offers students a high quality, affordable educational experience through the use of state of the art technology via highly interactive internet and instructional TV (ITV) delivery. The program incorporates a module based teaching format that students find to be very attractive. Extensive use of small group learning, service learning strategies, and a variety of clinical experiences result in a 97% first time pass rate (national average = 96%) and an overall pass rate of 99.6% on the NCCPA board examination. Students and graduates highly rate the quality of their educational experience and their preparedness for entry level clinical practice. While emphasizing primary care, program graduates work in a variety of clinical settings including surgery and surgical subspecialties, pediatrics, OB/GYN, orthopedics, internal medicine, and others. In addition to the core PA education received at all campus locations, students concentrate their studies on the care of underserved populations. Students are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors.

Core PA Program faculty are available onsite at all campus locations and consist of physicians, physician assistants, pharmacologists, and professors of basic human and social sciences from Lock Haven University. The core physician and PA faculty have over 130 years of cumulative health care experience and represent leaders within the PA profession and PA education.