St. Scholastica starting physician assistant program

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

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The launch of a physician assistant graduate program in Duluth "is going to be part of the solution" to a shortage of doctors, particularly in remote areas, a rural health expert said.

"There certainly is a need," said Kate Dean, executive director of the Essentia Institute of Rural Health. "We're very excited to have this program off the ground and running."

The College of St. Scholastica will welcome its first class of 30 students to the two-year program in September, said Bruce Loppnow, dean of the college's School of Health Sciences. It will be housed in the school's Health Science building, which opened last year in the BlueStone development, about a mile from the main campus.

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