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Heritage University Taking Big Steps in Medical Training

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Staff at the university unveiled their new, hands-on physician assistant training program, which will start this may. Staff at the university unveiled their new, hands-on physician assistant training program, which will start this may.

TOPPENISH, WA - Staff at the university unveiled their new, hands-on physician assistant training program, which will start this may.

This new accredited program will be the only one in central Washington and students who graduate from it will be able to work as P.A.s around the Pacific Northwest.

The program director, Linda Dale, said the industry is in need of more graduates ready to work.

"Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the P.A. education is growing at 38% between 2012 and 2022, and there are very few professions that grow at 38%," Dale said.

Students who finish will also be eligible to take the Certification of Physician Assistants board exam.

If they pass, they will be able to practice as P.A.s in any state and some foreign countries.

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