Published 03/05/15

Bryant celebrates grand opening of Physician Assistant Learning Center

The March 2 grand opening of Bryant University's School of Health Sciences' Physician Assistant Learning Center featured tours of the $7-million state-of-the-art center, which includes state-of-the-art classrooms and high-fidelity simulation areas.

The School of Health Sciences represents the University's bold move into educating highly-skilled people for careers in  health care, the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy.

The 32 members of the inaugural class began their studies in January 2015 and will graduate with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2017 upon completion of the 27-month program.

Admission to the PA program requires documentation of more than 2,000 hours of direct patient-care experience. Members of the Class of 2017 had that and more, with a median of 4,177 hours and an average of 10,419 hours.  In addition, some of that care was provided voluntarily. One member of the class donated more than 4,000 hours of her time to the Providence Rescue Mission.  Another has given more than 10,000 hours of his time coordinating and serving on international medical missions trips.  Yet another spent over 20,000 hours training Combat Support Medics, giving them the skills needed to save the lives of their fellow soldiers on the battlefields. 

Other highlights:

  • Average age: 26.8
  • Female:Male: 70:30
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish, American Sign Language, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu
  • Veterans:  3
  • Overall pre-admission GPA:  3.3
  • GPA for prerequisite courses:  3.4

The Bryant PA Program will begin accepting applications for the Class of 2018 via CASPA on April 22 nd .