Salus University and IUP have signed an articulation agreement to help qualified students complete studies to become a physician assistant.

IUP has signed an articulation agreement designed to help qualified students complete studies to become a physician assistant at Salus University in Elkins Park.

The new addition will add to the preexisting relationship between the two universities.

“We’ve had a long-standing 3+4 Optometry Agreement with IUP and the Physician Assistant Program is a nice addition to our existing partnership,” said Monica Maisto, director of admissions at Salus in an April 10 news release.

In the new program, Salus will offer select undergraduate students in IUP’s John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics a guaranteed interview to continue their educations in Salus University’s Physician Assistant program, as long as the student meets the requirements.

 An articulation agreement is appealing to students because it guarantees an interview with a graduate school or allows them to take a year off their undergraduate program which in turn cuts down on tuition costs, provided that the requirements set forth in the agreement are met by the student.

“Our region, our commonwealth, and our nation have a critical need for quality health care professionals,” IUP Vice President for enrollment management Patricia McCarthy said.

“This agreement helps to address this need, while offering an advantage to our students who qualify for the program,”McCarthy said.  “IUP is very proud of its ongoing articulation agreement with Salus University’s Osborne College of Audiology, and we are very pleased to add this opportunity for our students for the physician assistant program. This second articulation agreement demonstrates Salus University’s continued recognition of the strong academic foundation that IUP provides to our students, and we are gratified by this recognition.”

Donna Agnew, Salus University College of Health Sciences interim dean and director of the Physician Assistant program said the university looks forward to the new partnership with IUP to prepare graduates with the the knowledge, skills and attributes essential for the practice of medicine as future physician assistants.

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