Physician Assistant Studies
Whether you’re a high school student looking to take our combined Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program, which includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology Health Professions concentration and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, or you already hold a bachelor’s degree and are just looking to complete your master’s degree, Etown's PA program is flexible to suit your needs. We provide a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates hands-on learning in state-of-the-art laboratories.
We also work to ensure that you, as a future health care provider, are equipped with an education that is centered on service and integrates interdisciplinary learning. Our small class sizes promote individualized attention for our students that help to build strong mentoring relationships with our faculty throughout your time on campus and beyond.
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*Students interested in the undergraduate program should contact Admissions.
What does a Physician Assistant do?
- Take medical histories
- Conduct physical exams
- Diagnose and treat illness
- Order and interpret tests
- Develop treatment plans
- Prescribe medication
- Counsel on preventive care
- Perform procedures
- Assist in surgery
- Make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes
- Do clinical research
BS/MS Physician Assistant Program
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Program Classes
The PA program curriculum at Elizabethtown College is designed to meet the needs of today’s learners. We help you to advance your knowledge and build the skills you will need through experiential opportunities, ready to enter the workforce upon graduation.
A didactic year of classroom and laboratory experience. Laboratory facilities will include cadaver, assessment and simulation labs.
Students will complete eight (8) clinical rotations, in the fields of Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Behavioral Health, Surgery, Emergency, and an elective. These rotations will occur in various settings including inpatient and outpatient.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Elizabethtown College.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-elizabethtown-college/.
Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant Advisory Board
- Luke Bingaman, MPAS, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Mrs. Barbara Blouch, PA-C, Retired
- Kelly Bonneville, MHS, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Christina Broomell, MS, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Madison Carey, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Erin Colello, MHS, PA-C, UPMC Pinnacle
- Kevin Hickman, MJ Health Law, MHA, PA-C, Neurosurgery
- Sarah Pelletier, MHS, PA-C, UPMC Pinnacle
- Victor Pupo, MPAS, PA-C, Geisinger Health System
- Chase Schaeffer, MSPAS, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Dr. Christopher Wenger, DO, FACC, FNLA, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
Timeline for BS/MS Students:
First cohort of students enter the BS/MS Physician Assistant Program
First cohort of BS/MS students begin the graduate portion of PA program
First cohort of BS/MS students graduate with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Timeline for Graduate Students:
Application due to the ARC-PA
Initial Site Visit
The ARC-PA decides on Provisional Accreditation
First PA program cohort
First PA program cohort graduates with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Meet the Staff
Dionna Rookey, MS, MSPAS, PA-C
Dionna Rookey joined Elizabethtown College in 2019. She earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Valdosta State University, a master of science degree in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia University. Dionna has worked in family medicine since graduating in 2007. She has practiced in Alaska, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Dionna additionally started work in education in 2013 and found a second love.
Dr. Tiffani Russ, DO
Dr. Tiffani Russ graduated from York College of Pennsylvania prior to attending medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Russ was born and raised in York County and after the medical school decided to return to York to complete her residency in Emergency Medicine at York Memorial Hospital.
Amanda Adair, MS, PA-C
Elizabethtown College welcomed Amanda as the Clinical Coordinator in May 2022. She received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State in 2011 and then pursued her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at King’s College. Following graduation in 2014, she worked in acute care in Virginia before returning to the area to work in Family Medicine. Amanda maintains her clinical position in Family Practice and enjoys seeing the patients that she has been caring for for the past 7 years.
Chelsea Fought, MHS, PA-C
Chelsea joined Elizabethtown College in 2022. She earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Health Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Chelsea is a Lancaster County native and has worked in family practice and urgent care in Lancaster since graduating PA school in 2013.
Daria Indeck, MSH, PA-C
Daria Indeck joined Elizabethtown College in 2022. She grew up in rural PA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Florida Atlantic University, Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Lock Haven University in 2010. Daria has worked at Lancaster General Health as a Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery PA since graduating.
Dr. Emmanuel Mbaku Ngu, PhD
Emmanuel Mbaku Ngu, PhD., is Professor of Biomedical sciences, including Pharmacology, Toxicology, Neuroscience and Medical Physiology at Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine; Previous Professor of Pharmacology and Theme Leader for the Principles of Drug Therapy, Pharmacology Course Director and Coordinator at Albany College of Medicine, Course Director and Professor of Pharmacology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Dr. Cynthia Helm, DMSc, DCHLA, M Ed, PA-C
Cynthia Helm graduated from Hahnemann University with a BS in Physician Assistant Science in 1984. She holds a Master’s Degree in Health Education from Penn State University. She is certified in Integrated Medicine through the University of Arizona and is a certified Battlefield Acupuncture practitioner. She has Doctoral Certification in Health Care Leadership and Administration and holds a Doctorate in Medical Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Megan Solyak, MHS, LAT, ATC, PA-C
Elizabethtown College welcomed Megan in 2022. She is native to Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelors in Science in Athletic Training from University of Delaware and worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer in high school, collegiate, and outpatient office settings. After 10 years, she returned to school earning her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Drexel University, graduating in 2017. She worked for Penn State Hershey Orthopedics after graduation and currently maintains her clinical role as a PA for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Sports Medicine.
Lauren A. Wenerd, BA, ARRT (R)(M)(MR)
Clinical Site Specialist
Lauren joined Elizabethtown College in 2022. She earned a bachelor’s degree in from Shippensburg University and began her career working in hotel and catering sales. She quickly realized she had a desire to enter the healthcare industry, specifically diagnostic imaging.
Dr. Anya Goldina, PhD
Dr. Goldina joined Elizabethtown College in 2013. She earned her Bachelors in Biological Sciences and PhD in Behavioral Endocrinology from Florida International University. Her broad research interests include animal behavior, endocrinology, and neuroscience. Dr. Goldina teaches introductory biology courses, as well as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Anatomy, Behavioral Endocrinology and Physiology.
Danielle Dell Isola
Danielle joined the Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant program as an Administrative Assistant in 2022 but has been with the College in other roles since 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College in 2020. She earned a certificate in Financial Planning and is working towards a Master of Science in Finance.