Physician Assistant Week -- 2013

Tri-C/Cleveland State University PA Program

These are some photos we took during our program's PA Week activities.



Thank you so much for the opportunity to include our program. Here is a little background about it:

1972: Cuyahoga Community College formed the PA Program at the Western campus, the former site for the Crile Veterans Administration Hospital.   Students attended classes in old military barracks.

March 1974: Cuyahoga Community College PA Program became the FIRSTaccredited PA program in Ohio.

1975: Students from Cuyahoga Community College PA Program established a professional society, which we now call the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants, with currently more than 500 members.

2006: Changes in Ohio State Law require practicing PA in Ohio to graduate from an accredited PA Program with a Master's Degree. This law was the motivation to form our current collaborative PA Program between Cuyahoga Community College and Clevleand State University.

2013: Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University are preparing to graduate its 5th cohort of PA students who will receive a Master's of Science in Health Science (MSHS) from Cleveland State University and a Certificate in Physician Assistant Studies from Cuyahoga Community College

Paula Purpera, PA-S