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Students and faculty members of the King’s College Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program are planning a series of activities in conjunction with National PA Week Oct. 6-12. National PA is a celebration of the PA profession and was founded by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Students from the program will provide blood pressure screenings on Thursday at the King’s Health and Wellness Fair. On Saturday, the students and staff will provide osteoporosis screenings at the Wright Center Health Fair in Jermyn. On Oct. 8, several physician assistants from Region V of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants and several graduates of the program will participate in a fundraising event to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month to be held at the River Grille in Wilkes-Barre. The Physician Assistant Program was established at King’s as a certificate program in 1975 and is operating under a seven-year re-accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that physician assistants will be the second-fastest growing profession in the next decade. Preparing for PA Week activities is Lorraine Novinger, clinical assistant professor, Physician Assistant Studies; and physician assistant studies students Melissa Cicconi, John Paolini and Hilla Davidi.

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