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UC Physician Assistant Program Welcomes Third Co-Hort

On Friday, May 11th, the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Physician Assistant (PA) Program held an introduction dinner for incoming students as they start the program.

During the event, students were able to network with other students entering the PA program with them and were provided a dinner. The group also took their introductory group photo.

Evan Bennett (Winchester, KY) who is entering the program shared his thoughts on being accepted. “It’s a blessing to be given this opportunity and become a part of this program. All the professors care about what they are doing and being able to provide as much knowledge to students as possible. I look forward to being able to get started with this new experience.”

Students entering into the program include: Javed Akhtar, Jo Ashley (Lexington, KY), Elizabeth Barnes (Barbourville, KY), Evan Bennett, Adam Blanton (Staffordsville, KY), Roger Butler (London, KY), Oran Click (Louisville, KY), Tasha Cockrum (Kansas City, MO), Kristi Dolen (Monticello, KY), Justin Edwards (Chattanooga, TN), Courtney Hamm (London, KY), Charles Hatmaker (West Somerset, KY), Robin Hayden (Corbin, KY), Daniel Herth (Mount Washington, KY), Kayla Johnson (Cottageville, WV), Ashley Leopold (Loveland, OH), Josh Prewitt (Williamsburg, KY), Dyron Rector (Oneida, TN), Shaun Rowe (Williamsburg, KY), Michael Schuler (Knoxville, TN), Chelsea Sexton (Huntsville, TN), Brittney Strunk (Pine Knot, KY), Mallory Vinsant (Lafollette, TN), Mary Warner (Winchester, KY), and Shelby Wilson (Corbin, KY).

“We have been blessed with students from a variety of backgrounds, each possessing unique skills and life experiences that will enhance the learning opportunities of the program,” said Eddie Perkins, DO, FACOOG, program director and department chair. “Each has completed a bachelor’s degree and core course requirements that will prepare the student for an intensive postgraduate course of study.”

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at University of the Cumberlands is offered under a cohort system with course work to be completed over twenty-four months. Of the 101 credit hours in the program, sixty-one hours are earned through didactics coursework in a traditional classroom and laboratory setting. All didactics coursework takes place on the university campus in the Forcht Medical Wing of the Correll Science Complex. The remaining forty hours are earned during the second year in the program through eight supervised clinical rotations in the field.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.