Frostburg gets formal OK for program at USMH

Frostburg State University has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the University System of Maryland to offer a physician assistant master’s degree program.

The courses will be offered at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

The program is the result of a 2013 request from local and state health care leaders, who asked FSU to consider developing a PA program that would attract students who want to work and live in the Western Maryland region and surrounding areas.

PAs are medical professionals who practice in every medical setting and diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications and increasingly serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider.

FSU is accepting applications now for the first class, anticipated in May 2019 pending achieving accreditation-provisional status.

The program will be offered at USMH in downtown Hagerstown, thanks to the partnership of Meritus Health System, which has provided the facility for the program; the Appalachian Regional Commission; and local philanthropists who provided funding to assist with the renovation and equipment purchase.