Franklin College has named Thomas Meehan, Ph.D., PA-C, as program director for its Master of Science program in physician assistant studies. The college is seeking approval and accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant and anticipates enrolling its first cohort of graduate students into the program in fall of 2019.
Meehan comes to Franklin from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, where he serves as an assistant professor and coordinator of the Physician Assistant Program Assessment Center for Physician Assistant Studies. He also serves at Ortho Rhode Island – Blackstone, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, as a physician assistant. He brings with him seven years of physician assistant experience, as well as orthopedic urgent care and orthopedic surgery experience.
Meehan earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a Ph.D., also in biochemistry, from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in physician assistant studies from Baylor College of Medicine.
The Master of Science in physician assistant studies is made possible by a nearly $1 million grant awarded to the college in 2014 from the Lilly Endowment, as part of its Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations. It is the second master’s program launched by the college and will build on its strong track record in science and pre-professional health programs. One out of every five graduates at the college in recent years has majored in science or a pre-professional health program. Since 1981, approximately 83 percent of graduates who applied to medical school were accepted, more than 1.5 times the national average.
“The addition of our second master’s program is a very exciting moment in the college’s history,” said Franklin College President Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D. “Franklin is known for its excellent preparation of students in the health and sciences professions, and the addition of this new program helps expand upon the transformational and highly personal opportunities we offer our students. We are very grateful for the generosity provided by the Endowment.”
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(Posted Feb. 8, 2017)