At 18, Matt Elyea wasn't ready for college. After starting a career in the Air Force, though, he's studying exercise science at Pacific University and looking to a future as a physician assistant.
Class of 2017 PA students and faculty members celebrated National PA week by taking part in a number of community service initiatives.
Graduates include future audiologists, dental hygienists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, psychologists and healthcare administrators.
Ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Marsh Hall East Lawn at the Forest Grove Campus.
Physician Assistant Student Joseph Sutherland '16 Serves as President of National Student Organization
Sutherland is the first Pacific University student to preside over the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Anya Hill PA '05, MHA '12 started her career as a nurse. Two additional degrees from Pacific have helped her create a unique career in healthcare.
She has been the school's interim director since last June and will continue to lead the professional program.
Students and faculty provide insight into the Ebola virus, help the Vernonia Health Clinic move into its new location and assisted at the Youth Games Special Olympics Oregon.
Mary Von, interim director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies, started her healthcare career in rural Alaska.
Saje Davis-Risen, assistant professor in Pacific University’s School of Physician Assistant Studi