Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

MEDIA ADVISORY: Westfield State University celebrates first graduating class of Physician Assistant Studies program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2019
CONTACT:  Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523


Westfield State University will host the first completion ceremony for the inaugural cohort of the Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program.

The University launched the first public Physician Assistant Studies program in New England in January 2018. Twenty-two students will be recognized at the December 18 event.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is an intensive, 24-month program. According to Jennifer Hixon, DHSc, founding director of the PAS program, it intends to educate a diverse student body of highly skilled and culturally aware healthcare providers who will utilize a patient-centered care approach and be committed to serving the public in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.


Graduating class of Westfield State’s Physician’s Assistant Studies program

Founding Director Jennifer Hixon, DHSc

Westfield State University President Ramon Torrecilha, Ph.D.



Wednesday, December 18, 5 p.m.



Westfield State University

Scanlon Banquet Hall

577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA




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