Union College’s physician assistant program will receive a $792,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which will be used to award scholarships to new PA students over the next four years.
Each year between 2011 and 2015, the grant will fund five scholarships for new Union PA students. These $22,000 scholarships will cover tuition and other expenses and can be renewed for a second year. This funding will help expand the program by five additional slots to a class of 30 by the 2011-12 school year.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, congress set aside $30 million for a five-year initiative to fund the training of more than 700 PAs pursuing a career in primary care medicine. Union is one of only 28 PA programs in the nation to receive this award.
“Having Union College’s grant application chosen for this award emphasizes the strength of our program,” stated Mike Huckabee, PA program director. “We are very excited for the students and what this means for the program’s future.”
Union’s graduate-level physician assistant studies program, one of only two in Nebraska, prepares students for a field that CNNMoney.com recently rated the second best career in the America. Union graduates had a 100-percent first-time pass rate on the national PA certification exam four of the last five years, and 100 percent of graduates have found jobs within three months of graduation.