Oak Point University Solutions Partners Graduate First Cohort of Physician Assistants
Ascension Illinois Medical Group Gain ready-to-use healthcare workers
CHICAGO, September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In partnership with Ascension Illinois Medical Group, Oak Point University is pleased to announce the successful completion of its first cohort of the Physician Assistant Career Accelerator Program last week. The inaugural cohort of 10 learners began the six-month hybrid work/study program last March. Learners start out with full-time medical assistant (MA) jobs and are eligible to take the licensed medical assistant exam to become certified medical assistants.
An MA works in a doctor’s office or outpatient clinic, providing administrative support and patient care to doctors and nurses. Oak Point University‘s Partner Solutions business-to-business educational model helps fill gaps in today’s healthcare workforce while creating pathways for qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to achieve their healthcare goals.
Ascension Illinois Medical Group, like many healthcare providers, requires an MA. The priority is to educate and provide practical instruction to learners simultaneously to maximize their experiences; teaching takes place in clinics two days a week and in classrooms three days a week. While participating in the program, learners receive full-time benefits, supplemental education, and earn a salary while attending school. Learners who complete the program receive a full-time position.
Participants in the pilot program came from all walks of life, including recent high school graduates, parents, career changers, and those already in healthcare who want to further their education.
Health is struggling to retain workers and recruit new ones. Oak Point University hopes the Physician Assistant Career Accelerator Program benefits organizations while allowing potential employees to earn while learning, easing the financial burden of the cost of the program with the added benefit of guaranteed employment after completing the program.
“Our Physician Assistant pilot program has been a great success; demand has exceeded our expectations,” noted Therese A. Scanlan, EdD, President of Oak Point University. “The second cohort of our Certified Nursing Assistant program begins October 17and we launch our medical laboratory scientist in January 2023.”
“It’s exciting to match the critical need of medical partners with the career aspirations of people in our communities,” said Dr. Scanlan. “We look forward to acting as a trusted resource for the growth and continuous improvement of the education of our partners and learners as they achieve their institutional and professional goals.”
To learn more about what Oak Point University Partner Solutions can do for your organization, contact Partner Solutions at [email protected] or go to oakpoint.edu/partner-solutions.
About Oak Point University Partner Solutions
Oak Point University’s B2B educational model helps fill gaps in today’s healthcare workforce and create pathways for qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to achieve their goals in professional healthcare. A Hire-Develop-Deploy-Upskills model, developed through a cross-facility partnership, is used to strengthen the core hospital workforce with emerging talent. For new hires and existing employees. Our strategic model partners with employers to accelerate opportunities for the organization, the potential employee and the community. Visit oakpoint.edu/partner-solutions for more information.
About Oak Point University
Oak Point University, formerly Resurrection University, is a private, nonprofit educational institution committed to creating a healthy future, with campuses in Chicago and Oak Brook, Ill.. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, undergraduate programs in radiography, and microcredits through its School of Emerging Education. Oak Point provides the most advanced SIM technologies available in the region and is a great option for those seeking healthcare degrees and certifications. Visit Oakpoint.edu for more information.
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