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Mercy College of Ohio, located in downtown Toledo, recently received a $557,234 Primary Care Training and Rural Physician Assistant Development (PCTE-PAR) grant from Health Resources & Services. Administration (HRSA).

The grant will be used to help increase clinical placements for medical assistant (PA) students in rural areas from July 2022 to June 2027 and support Mercy College’s PA program.

It provides stipends to participants who complete 12 weeks of clinical rotations in primary care settings; telehealth instruction, professional training opportunities for clinical staff alongside other PA students.

Mercy College President Susan Wajert explained how the grant will help PA graduates who will serve rural communities and address the lack of health care needs in the region.

“We believe this will better equip our PA graduates to meet the unmet health needs of rural communities and increase the number of PAs entering the rural primary care setting upon graduation. “

Physician Assistant Program Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor Dr. Tara Jenner-Donaldson will serve as the PCTE-PAR Project Director. Jenner-Donaldson explained how the grant will help Mercy College increase the number of healthcare workers in the workplace.

“This grant will provide Mercy College with the opportunity to achieve the health workforce goal of increasing the number of primary care practitioners ready to practice and lead health systems transformation aimed at improving access, quality of care and cost-effectiveness in rural areas. areas “.

Physician Assistant students seeking to practice rural medicine and other rural health care services are encouraged to apply to Mercy College’s Physician Assistant (PA) Master’s degree program to potentially participate in the Physician Assistant (PA) grant. training and improving primary care.

The seven-semester program includes a rigorous curriculum designed to provide a university-level learning experience for prospective students who wish to further their education in the healthcare field. As an 118 credit hour program, students will also have seven required Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (CSPEs) where they can gain hands-on, real-world experiences with patients between 40 and 60 hours per week.

Additional admission requirements and program information are available at www.mercycollege.edu/mpas.

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