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Gannon Celebrates U.S. News Ranking of Physician Assistant as No.1 Best Job

Published: 02/16/2021

Gannon celebrates its physician assistant programs' students and faculty.

Gannon celebrates its physician assistant programs' students and faculty.

Gannon University is celebrating its physician assistant programs’ students and faculty and others across the nation after the physician assistant profession rose to the No. 1 spot on both the 100 Best Jobs list and the Best Healthcare Jobs list in U.S. News & World’s Report’s 2021 Best Jobs rankings.

According to U.S. News, the rankings factor in important aspects of a job, such as growth potential, work-life balance and salary in order to help job seekers at every level achieve their career goals.

Gannon University’s Master of Physician Assistant Science program in Erie has been educating physician assistants to meet this vital and in-demand profession for more than 40 years with alumni totaling nearly 1,300 today.

Gannon’s physician assistant program in Erie was also ranked in the top 50 programs by the U.S. News and World Report in 2020.

Growth continues in the two-year post-baccalaureate Master of Physician Assistant Science program at the Ruskin campus, as well, since its launch in 2019. The program’s third cohort of students is scheduled to begin in Fall 2021. The program also welcomed the second cohort of students into their second semester of their didactic phase, and the first cohort is completing clinical rotations as they anticipate an August 2021 graduation. 

“Gannon has a longstanding history of educating outstanding physician assistants who impact patients’ lives every day as important members of the health care team,” said Kim Cavanagh, DHSc, PA-C, associate professor and chair of the physician assistant program at Gannon’s Erie campus. 

This record of success continues as graduates from the Class of 2020 in Erie received an impressive first-time pass rate of 100% on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. 

Students in both the Erie and Ruskin programs learn from program faculty who have many years of experience in medicine and/or education with varied clinical backgrounds. 

Students in both the Erie and Ruskin programs are prepared to meet careers as physician assistants through rigorous didactic and clinical education. Opportunities include working within Gannon’s Patient Simulation Center for students at the Erie campus, as well as interacting with standardized patients throughout both the didactic and clinical phases of the programs for students at both campuses. Students also gain valuable experience serving their communities by completing activities that provide important health education to community groups.

Students in the Erie program embrace #HEAL as their guiding principle, acknowledging the importance of health, education, advocacy and leadership as both students and future career professionals.

Graduates from Gannon’s physician assistant program in Erie are employed in an array of practice specialties and work in a variety of patient care settings across the country. Some graduates have chosen to complete a post-graduate resident or fellowship program to gain advanced training in a specialty. Graduates from recent cohorts are completing or have completed residencies at places including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics, and the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Learn more about Gannon’s physician assistant programs here: