West Chester University welcomed the first students into the new Physician Assistant Program this July. The first 27 students, selected from more than 850 applicants, will obtain their M.S. in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies in August 2023. Students come from a range of backgrounds including physical therapy, athletic training, respiratory therapy, nutrition and dietetics, and EMTs. Among the individuals in this cohort are 12 in-state students and 15 from beyond Pennsylvania. Notes Amy Baker, PA Program Director, “Physician assistant training is extremely rigorous but the profession is very rewarding,” and is currently ranked as the #1 Best Job by U.S. News and World Reports.