MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR


Welcome to the Xavier University of Louisiana Physician Assistant Studies Program. The Physician Assistant profession is one of the top five fastest growing careers. This is an exciting time to be in medicine as advances in medicine are moving at an incredibly fast pace. 

Xavier University Physician Assistant program represents excellence in teaching the art of medicine. We provide our students with an environment that fosters quality academic and clinical education. Our integrated program is geared toward continuous development of an excellent basic and clinical science program. Our interdisciplinary format of teaching, facilitates students to excel in integrative patient care, education, and service to benefit our community. 

Xavier University of Louisiana recognized the vital role that the Physician Assistants have in the medical community in the Louisiana Gulf Coast. We want to prepare all PA graduates for practice and be a leader in PA education. Hence, we have decided to partner in conjunction with one of the leading hospital systems in the Gulf South, Ochsner Health Network, to be our clinical affiliate. Ochsner Hospital is recognized by US News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across nine specialty categories. Ochsner Health Network (OHN) serves as the leader in healthcare delivery innovation and is the largest “super” Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) in the region. The nearly 2,500 Primary Care and Specialty Care physicians participating in OHN are focused on sharing knowledge, resources, processes and technology to improve quality of healthcare, enhance the care delivery model to one that is centered on the patient. Ochsner Health Network and its healthcare professionals are committed to being our clinical affiliate and playing a vital role along preparing students for entry into clinical practice.

Xavier University of Louisiana is the sponsoring institution for the Physician Assistant Program. The program is within the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana. We are committed to providing a learning experience which cultivates an environment of academic excellence to prepare all PA graduates for the practice medicine and enhance the delivery of high-quality health care in diverse health care environments. 

We welcome you to our website and thank you for your interest in our program. 


Varsha Gusman, MPAS, PA-C

Program Director

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