CLINTON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi College will find out next week if they have the state's first accredited physician assistant training program.
Physician assistants can see patients, diagnose and treat illnesses, and write prescriptions – all under a doctor's supervision.
A ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon on campus.
The chairman of the department, Dr. Bob Philpot, said this program will be a new opportunity in the health care field.
"It's a 30 month master's degree program. There is 15 months of classroom training followed by 15 months of clinical training. It's described as trying to drink from a fire hose. It's very intense training."
So far, 10 students have been accepted into the program. The physician assistant program will be limited to 30 students.
Officials say the faculty will be provided by the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
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