MSU-Meridian launches Master of Physician Assistant program

Physician assistant turned college professor Debra Munsell is now head of the Mississippi State University Meridian Campus P-A master studies program.  

 “We’re really excited that Mississippi State is offering the opportunity to young people in Mississippi to develop healthcare provider skills and give back to the State of Mississippi.” Said Debra Munsell, associate professor.


This program takes 24 months to complete and students will learn the ropes to get prepared for the real world.

 "Students will be learning how to do histories and physicals, how to diagnose and treat patients, how to develop treatment plans, how to perform in surgery, how to do patient education for wellness and preventive health: they will be learning to be primary care healthcare providers.” Said Debra Munsell, associate professor.


By giving commands to manikins, Mississippi State PA students will be able to encounter simulated real-life patient experiences.

“The first of our large simulated patients; his name is Alex, he is actually a programable simulated person that we can use to teach out students.” Said Debra Munsell, associate professor.

 Munsell says she has served those in several capacities while in the healthcare profession.

 “I saw patients in the hospital, I assisted in surgery, I had my own patients in my own clinic and whatever walked in the door you saw. I’ve also walked in a high specialty area at the Anderson Cancer center taking care of only neck and cancer patients.”  Said Debra Munsell, associate professor.

Munsell says she hopes by the college offering this program it will help with healthcare job demands in Mississippi.

 “We certainly have a great need for healthcare providers in the rural areas of Mississippi.” Said Debra Munsell, associate professor." Said Debra Munsell, associate professor.

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