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Aug. 26, 2015 - Forty six students recently completed the physician assistant (PA) studies master’s degree program at King’s College and received their degrees at the College’s annual summer commencement ceremonies.

The Class of 2015 is the 39th graduating class of the King’s Physician Assistant Program, the longest established program in Luzerne or Lackawanna County. 

PAs are health care providers who are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine. As a part of their responsibilities, PAs perform physical exams, diagnose illnesses, develop and carry out treatment plans, order and interpret lab tests, assist in surgery, provide patient education and prescribe medications.

Upon graduation, PAs take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA).

PAs are employed in virtually all types of health care settings including private offices, clinics and hospitals. PAs can practice in almost any field of medicine including family practice, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and orthopedics to name just a few.

King’s PA graduates have achieved placements throughout the country, many of whom are working in medically underserved areas.

Pictured in front row, from left, is Nicole Caccese, Carissa Sarlo, Lea Rivieccio, and Jenni Lisiewski. Pictured in second row, from left, is Jill O’Malley, Candace Fegley, Danielle Brenizer, Dana Newman, Ashley Sugalski, Megan Amey, Catherine D’Elia, Rachel Kindred, and Katelyn Williams. Pictured in third row, from left, is Courtney McNulty, Nicole Munley, Michelle Carey, Morgan Smyth, Priyanka Bahl, Kayla Preisler, Teri Lynn Scatena, Kathryn Phillips, Samela Mariano, and John Paolini. Pictured in fourth row, from left, is Kelly Klaproth, Chelsea Hamershock, Samantha Shelton, Beth Ann Grega, Brittany Slattery, Courtlynn Pulcini, Amanda Horton, Sheila Jones, Shannon Tucker, Erika Baranowski, and Samantha Meilands. Pictured in top row, from left, is Tyler Guadagnino, Kevin McNavage, Casey Overfield, Devon Woolfolk, Jesse Balls, Kade Sorensen, John Grimes, Kyle Woolfolk, Abigail Brenkach, Michelle Schmid. Absent from photo was Gianna Cordasco and Hilla Davidi.

Pictured in front row, from left, is Nicole Caccese, Carissa Sarlo, Lea Rivieccio, and Jenni Lisiewski.

Pictured in second row, from left, is Jill O’Malley, Candace Fegley, Danielle Brenizer, Dana Newman, Ashley Sugalski, Megan Amey, Catherine D’Elia, Rachel Kindred, and Katelyn Williams.

Pictured in third row, from left, is Courtney McNulty, Nicole Munley, Michelle Carey, Morgan Smyth, Priyanka Bahl, Kayla Preisler, Teri Lynn Scatena, Kathryn Phillips, Samela Mariano, and John Paolini.

Pictured in fourth row, from left, is Kelly Klaproth, Chelsea Hamershock, Samantha Shelton, Beth Ann Grega, Brittany Slattery, Courtlynn Pulcini, Amanda Horton, Sheila Jones, Shannon Tucker, Erika Baranowski, and Samantha Meilands.

Pictured in top row, from left, is Tyler Guadagnino, Kevin McNavage, Casey Overfield, Devon Woolfolk, Jesse Balls, Kade Sorensen, John Grimes, Kyle Woolfolk, Abigail Brenkach, Michelle Schmid.

Absent from photo was Gianna Cordasco and Hilla Davidi.