ATLANTIC CITY -
An announcement was made Tuesday about a unique partnership that will bring quality higher education into Atlantic City in 2015.
"We hear so much negative information about things closing in Atlantic City now we're bring a program that's opening in Atlantic City," expressed Dr. Jon Regis, President/CEO of Reliance Medical Group.
It was a major announcement between Reliance Medical Group, Richard Stockton College and Philadelphia University. They're teaming up to establish a Philadelphia University satellite campus in Atlantic City. Becoming the first master's in physician assistant program in South Jersey.
"Not only will Atlantic City be known more than just for a tourist destination, we're going to try to make this a educational destination. Also a health care destination, so I think it helps the aura of the city and the future of the city," said Regis.
Experts say the program will help meet the growing demand for physician assistants while bringing new business and new health care providers into the city.
"They'll do 3 years at Richard Stockton and that will be their undergraduate portion, so they'll get a bachelor's degree in health sciences. Then 2 years for their master's of science at Philadelphia University's campus in Atlantic City," explains Matt Dane Baker, Executive Dean, College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, Philadelphia University.
Physician assistant, is a fast growing profession, as they have the ability to diagnose, write prescriptions and treat patients under the supervision of doctors in different medical practices. "Ultimately that's where the health career field is going and physician assistants is a critical area and so it's great that Atlantic City jumps the gun," expressed Mayor Don Guardian, (R) Atlantic City.
"You'll eventually see 150 students graduate level students coming into Atlantic City, living here, studying here, participating in the economy here," described Regis.
Officials hope to have the program up and running by this time next year.
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