The School of Allied Health Professions Physician Assistant Program has just completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Canadian Forces Physician Assistant Program to award Bachelor of Science degrees to their graduates beginning in 2009. The University of Nebraska has been the degree granting institution for the U.S. military Interservice Physician Assistant Program for a number of years, and now will provide this service to the Canadian military as well.
Mark Christiansen, PhD, PA-C, the Associate Director of the SAHP PA Program is shown along with Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hart, Commandant, CFMSS/CFDSS Borden and Colonel David Weger Director, Health Services Personnel for the Department of National Defense at the MOU signing ceremony on June 23rd at Borden Base, Canada.
The graduating class of 26 students will be honored at a convocation ceremony at Borden Base on July 28, 2009, and will be the first graduates to receive degrees from UNMC in August 2009.
In this photograph, Dr. Christiansen is shown with members of the Canadian Forces PA Program graduating class of 2010.
The Physician Assistant profession has been a part of the Canadian military for many years, but the profession is very new in the civilian sector in Canada. These Canadian Forces PA graduates will be the first PAs in Canada to receive academic degrees of any kind.