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August 19, 2019 - Sixty-six students recently received their master’s in physician assistant (PA) studies at King’s College.

The class of 2019 is the 43rd graduating class of the King’s PA program, the longest established program in Luzerne or Lackawanna County.

Upon graduating, PAs must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), to receive national certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the only certifying organization for PAs in the United States.

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.

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 seated, from left, is Olivia Jankowski, Evonna Ackourey, Gracey Giberson, Elizabeth Moyer, Meredith Lastra, Julia Franzosa, Sydney Myers, Danielle Sforza, Amelia Barofski, Gabrielle Corpuz, Carissa Smith, Nicole Schnell, Nicolena Verardi, Maureen Waters, Amanda Lloyd, and Sarah Jacobs.

Pictured second row, from left, is Nancy Shukry, Gabriel Lopez, Bridget Pepe, Mackenzie Martin, Brianna Gaylets, Emily Shultis, Kayley Spinella, Kaylee Kachurka, Lindsay Denion, Allison Butrie, Vanessa Novinger, Anamaria Schier, Jade Etter, Taryn Birrane, Katelyn Buyarski, Ashley Arroyo, Samantha Cummins, Leeanne Chung, and Rachel Jankovsky. 

Pictured third row, from left, is Emma Hanrahan, Kristen Hudak, Morgan Garman, Ashley Rood, Allison Passarella, Christie Tuttle, Leah Merrick, Taylor Dinelli, Yardley Phillips, Megan Bresnahan, Lisa Lau, Alyssa Gurzynski, Melissa Montalvo, Shyla Kissoon, Abigail Nelson, and John Yacano.

Pictured back row, from left, is Maxwell Mazzarino, Garrett Steiber, Shefin Mathew, Andrew Gardner, Richard Jones, Jared Genett, Conor Knight, Howard Kilpatrick, Sijo Devasia, Brian Wisowaty, Evan Skene, Steven Tlatenchi, Jason Nobrega, Corey Rossi, and Tyler Scicchitano.