PA Program Update


Bryant University recently opened up a new graduate school program specifically for  those seeking a physician’s assistant degree. This is a remarkable feat and a particularly proud moment in Bryant University’s history.

In January of this year, the Physician’s Assistant Program admitted its inaugural class of 32 students, testing the waters of this new program and on March 2, 2015, the ribbon was officially cut by President Machtley, along with other PA staff members, as a ceremonial gesture of welcome for the new program to the campus of Bryant University.

Jay Amrien, the director of Bryant University’s Physician Assistant Program, spoke at the ceremony, saying memorably “This is a beginning, and it’s a big beginning for Bryant. It’s a big beginning for me. And more importantly I think it’s a really big beginning for 32 great students.”
On the subject of the ambitious students striving to move forward into the world of health care, President Machtley said, “we want to make sure that our PAs when they leave here not only have the technical proficiency to be great physicians assistants but they have the compassion and the caring and the human touch which can so often be missing in health care delivery.”

Of course, it is important to remember the staff that is also taking a monumental step in order to ensure the important education of these students. Amrien praised the staff at the ceremony by saying “I truly have some of the greatest faculty anyone could ask for…. I’ve got people who are not only dedicated to clinical practice, but dedicated to the education of health care providers and they carry on Ron’s [President Machtley’s] theme of we don’t want to just build technical health care providers. We don’t want them to just have that education, that knowledge. We want them to have that human approach to taking care of patients.” Then, without further ado, the ribbon was cut by President Machtley, Jay Amrien, and several other members of the staff, giving way to a new future of healthcare providers.

As for the program itself, it is laid out in regard to the highest model of efficiency, as is, of course, the Bryant way!
The program has three vital important partners, including The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the Care New England Health System, and the Southcoast Health System. Graduate students will receive the unique opportunity to intern at some of the most prestigious medical providers in Rhode Island, such as Lifespan health system, Blackstone Orthopedics, Gateway Health Care, and Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

Bryant University’s on campus classrooms provide their own unique setting. Having just recently been built, the Physician Assistant wing has all of the latest technological advances students could hope for. The beautiful new wing “includes two new physician assistant classrooms, a high-fidelity simulation laboratory, and a physical examination laboratory.” And, of course, it wouldn’t be Bryant without the emphasis on business that encompasses all of our lives. Therefore, Bryant University has implemented the eight management principles of medical practice into the Physician Assistant program, which, the program states, gives graduates a “competitive advantage.”

Looking to apply to the Physician’s Assistant program and become a part of the graduate class of 2018? The application process opened on April 22, 2015 and closes on October 1 of this year. Among the many requirements, the applicants must have finished their undergraduate education by September 1, 2015 and have an overall GPA of 3.0. For more information, explore the program on its website at where there is information pertaining to admission, accreditation, employment, and tuition