MARIETTA — Ursula Corbett, of Newcomerstown, graduated from Marietta College's Physician Assistant Studies Program during a ceremony in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on July 27, 2019. In all, 37 students were part of the 16th graduating class that completed the 25-month program.

The Physician Assistant Studies Program began in 2002 after receiving a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

The master's program is designed to help meet the need for qualified healthcare providers, by choosing individuals who have the academic, clinical, and interpersonal aptitudes necessary for education as physician assistants.

The program is broken into two phases — didactic and clinical. The didactic phase begins with classroom and lab experiences in the basic medical sciences and clinical medicine. It is scheduled for the first 12 months. The clinical phase, which includes the capstone project, is designed to provide instruction in the clinical setting by physicians and PA preceptors. It is scheduled for the final 13 months.