College enrolls 37 students into ninth class of PA Program

Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program recently welcomed 37 new graduate students into the ninth class and the beginning of a 27-month rigorous journey.

The Physician 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 15 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.

Members of the 2012 class are: Chelsea Anderson (Lakeville, Ohio), David Bowman (St. Clairsville, Ohio), Jessica Brown, Christina Cappadona (Mineral Wells, W.Va.), Donald Cavanaugh (Youngstown, Ohio), Rachel Coleman (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.), Chris Corbett (London, Ky.), Chelsea DiNinno (Versailles, Pa.), Elisa Evans (Waverly, Ohio), Sarah Foley (Centerville, Ohio), Dustin Ford (Canton, Ohio), Kiley Friend (Aurora, N.Y.), James Gainer (Vienna, W.Va.), Thomas Ganther (Reynoldsburg, Ohio), Kristyn Gentry (Quinton, Va.), Natalie George (Wheeling, W.Va.), Melanie Giambone (Auburn, Ala.), Brittany Giesken (Ottawa, Ohio), Stefanie Herrmann (Bradford, Pa.), Caitlin Hieronimus (Wheeling, W.Va.), Whitney Hill (Prairie du Chien, Wis.), Lauren Kirsch (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Megan Konerth (Massillon, Ohio), Joseph Kremer (Marietta, Ohio), Joseph Lantz (Mineral Wells, W.Va.), Meghan McGonigal (Indianapolis, Ind.), Lauren McKiernan (Parkersburg, W.Va.), Lauren Morris (Charleston, W.Va.), Lisa Poultney (Parma, Ohio), Heather Rains (Hamilton, Ohio), Lauren Seavy (New Martinsville, W.Va.), Erin Stratton (Marietta, Ohio), Carissa Temple (Barnesville, Ohio), Tabitha Thomas (Belpre, Ohio), Stephanie Towers (Parma, Ohio), Ashley Vavrek (Bellaire, Ohio) and Brittany Wolfe (Wheeling, W.Va.).