Physician Assistant Program

What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.  Services commonly provided by physician assistants include taking medical histories, performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting lab tests, assisting in surgery, and counseling patients.  Physician assistants participate in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  Physician assistant education is designed using the medical model that emphasizes basic sciences, clinical sciences and the critical thinking skills required to complement physician practice.  Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners.  To maintain their national certification, physician assistants must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for the recertification exam every ten years.  Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.  

*Our Program's Mission Statement:

The mission of the program is to educate highly-skilled Physician Assistants who:

  • are capable of providing quality health care

  • have expertise in the health care needs of the medically underserved

  • are prepared to critically evaluate, and become leaders in bringing about improvement in the medical and social systems that affect the health of underserved populations

  • will seek and retain employment as primary care Physician Assistants in medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Value Statement

 As members of the LHU PA Program faculty, we will strive to make decisions regarding program operations through a lens that focuses on:

1.    A one program philosophy whereas all decisions seek to preserve the good of a single PA Program that has expanded to several teaching locations in order to better serve the needs of the populations and students we serve

2.    Our obligation to protect and serve the patients that will be under the care of our graduates and the public

3.    Our obligation to the highest standards of program quality, compliance with ARC-PA Standards and advancement of the PA Profession

4.    Our obligation to students

*Mission Reconfirmed by Department Vote 2/28/17




Program Accreditation:

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lock Haven University.

Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed here.

Information regarding PA Program Accreditation and ARC-PA can be found at

Special Events:   

Information Sessions/Open Houses:

See the "Admission Criteria" page for details regarding Information Sessions/Open Houses.

In the News:

The Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program celebrated it's 20th anniversary last year and our Department Chair, Walter Eisenhauer, MMSc., M.Ed., PA-C DFAAPA, has been there from the Program's inception. Coudersport campus faculty, Pamela Ruane, MHS, PA-C, PhD, interviewed Professor Eisenhauer for WPSU's Story Corps. Click on the link below to hear Walt's story.


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