The DeSales University Physician Assistant program has a graduation rate exceeding both the regional and national averages.

Medical Studies is an intensive, “honors” type program that completes the undergraduate requirements in three years and leads directly without further application to the two year Physician Assistant Program.  This is designed for high-achieving students who are confident of their career choice and enjoy the challenge of rigorous scientific studies.  The curriculum has at least 18 credit hours per semester and is closely monitored by their advisor, a PA Program faculty member, so that the student receives all the required courses.

The deadline to complete your application file for the Medical Studies major is December 15.
All interviews must be completed by January 15.

 

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Students are encouraged to apply early in their senior year.  The student must first be accepted by the University and identify themselves as interested in the Medical Studies major.  If minimum GPA and SAT/ACT requirements are met, an interview is then scheduled with the PA Program.  The deadline for application to the Medical Studies major is December 15 and all interviews must be completed by January 15.  The PA Program faculty individually select all candidates for this major and, once in the program, a seat in the graduate PA Program is reserved for the student.  Candidates are selected based on their academic record, their motivation for health care, and their potential for future growth.  DeSales University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin. 

There is no single, preferred high school course of study or specific classes required, but a college preparatory curriculum is highly recommended. 

To continue in the Medical Studies major, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the required sciences and overall each semester.  To matriculate in their senior year to the PA Program, the student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 overall and in the required sciences and have completed at least 250 healthcare hours.  If the GPA requirement is not met in any semester, the student is placed on probation.  The second time this is not met the student loses his/her guaranteed seat in the PA Program and must change into another major.  If the student still wishes to pursue the PA degree at DeSales University, transition into the BA in Biology major is recommended and application to the Master’s PA Program in their senior year through CASPA is necessary. 

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The Affordable Care Act Topic of Ethics Breakfast

by Lore McFadden Westwood | Nov 11, 2013

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace will host an ethics breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013, in the DeSales University Center on the Center Valley campus. This event, "The Good, Bad and the Ugly - the Affordable Care Act", will feature special guest speakers Donna Sabol, RN, MSN, vice president and chief quality officer for St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem; Robert Kachelries, president and chief executive officer with Lehigh Valley Benefits Group; and Kelly Lieblein, regional vice president for Highmark Blue Shield.

Sabol manages multiple departments within the St. Luke’s network including the Network Quality Resources Department, Infection Control, Patient Safety, and the Clinical Trials Department. Under her leadership, St. Luke’s has achieved a number of national and state awards and national pay-for-performance initiatives.

Kachelries has led the Lehigh Valley Benefits Group through a very challenging period in health and welfare brokerage and consulting. In 2010, Kachelries founded the Lehigh Valley Business Roundtable on Health Care Reform and his leadership has helped hundreds of businesses continue to provide affordable benefit plans to thousands of employees.

Lieblein has nearly 30 years of experience in health insurance and health care administration, previously serving as vice president, sales and client manager with Highmark in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. She also served as vice president and chief operating officer of Insurer Physician Services Organization Inc.

Breakfast attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the presenters and engage with others on the topic. Participants will enjoy a buffet breakfast and table discussions based on the keynote address. There will be a book sale and signing following the event. Registration and breakfast is $25 per person or $175 for a table of 8.

Those wishing to attend can register online at www.desales.edu/salesian (scroll to Ethics icon) or send a check made out to the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace c/o Lore McFadden, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA, 18034. For more information, call the Salesian Center at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244, or email ethics.workplace@desales.edu.

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace is a partnership institution of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University on January 1, 2006. The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture was established in 2000 to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values.

By its collaboration with the Forum, the Salesian Center is able to extend its mission of social engagement into the corporate world and is able to capitalize on the working relationships that the Forum has already established in the business community. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs.

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The DeSales Free Clinic at the Allentown Rescue Mission

The DeSales Free Clinic at the Allentown Rescue Mission opened in January 2007 in an effort to bring healthcare to the homeless. The clinic is staffed by DeSales students and faculty and has treated more than 900 patients since it opened. No patient is ever turned away or charged for services, and the operation is run entirely on donations. 

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