Second physician assistant program opens in Montana

Eric Young

Carroll College in Helena announced plans for a new graduate-level physician assistant program on Thursday. Once it begins in Fall 2025, it will be the second program of its kind in Montana.

The 27-month program will include 12 months of clinical student training on the way towards a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies upon completion.

“Carroll’s new physician assistant program will serve the growing health care needs across Montana and especially rural areas,” said Carroll College President John Cech at the announcement. “Building on our highly successful undergraduate nursing, pre-med, allied health and health sciences programs, a graduate-level physician assistant program is a natural progression for the college and a strong fit for the mission of Carroll College in serving others.”

John Cech, president of Carroll College, announces the school’s plan to develop a new graduate-level Physician Assistant program during a press conference on Thursday morning.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

To date, the only other accredited Montana PA program in the U.S. is Rocky Mountain College in Billings. In 2019, Rocky expanded its 26-month program

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