School of Health Sciences Graduates 61 Students

by Billy Chandler
On Saturday, Aug. 17 in the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va., 61 SHS students graduated with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies or a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Sixty-one students graduated from the SHS on Saturday, Aug. 17 in the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va., which included the inaugural class of 29 Master of Physician Assistant Studies students and 2019 class of 32 Doctorate of Physical Therapy students. Graduates were from Southwest Virginia as well as states including Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, Illinois, Indiana,Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota, Missouri, Arizona, Wisconsin and New Jersey.

The inaugural class of Masters of Physician Assistant Studies students The inaugural class of Masters of Physician Assistant Studies students“Celebrating the graduation of an inaugural cohort of students is always a very special occasion. This is equally true for our inaugural class of MPAS students. It’s a dream come true for everyone – the students, faculty and staff, and the College,” said Louise Fincher, Vice President for the School of Health Sciences. “I have no doubt that the students in this inaugural PA class will make a significant and lasting impact on the lives of their patients and the overall quality of healthcare in this region and beyond.”

The keynote speaker for the commencement was Professor Emeritus Ruth Ballweg MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA. She is the recipient of the two highest awards in the PA profession, AAPA’s Eugene Stead Award in 2012 and PAEA’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Ballweg has been a leader in all phases of the PA profession including a three-year presidential term with the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), representing the American Academic of PAs (AAPA) as a federal Primary Care Health Policy Fellow, and serving as a Commissioner for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 

Professor Ballweg is the director of international affairs for the NCCPA and historian for the PA History Society. Her international work includes guidance and support to the PA career in Canada, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Ghana, Laos and India.

Class of 2019 Doctorate of Physical Therapy students Class of 2019 Doctorate of Physical Therapy studentsThe School of Health Sciences at Emory & Henry College was launched in 2014 with the goal of preparing compassionate, patient-centered, highly-skilled health care professionals who not only provide quality healthcare to their patients but also actively engage in leadership and service opportunities within their professional organizations and communities. The SHS includes two undergraduate programs housed primarily on the main campus and four graduate programs at the School of Health Sciences campus in Marion.

“I am very proud of all of the PT and PA students that make up this summer class of 2019. They successfully met the challenges of their extremely rigorous coursework and have now excelled in their clinical rotations,” said Fincher. “We continue to hear wonderful things from our preceptors on the quality of the E&H PA and PT students…their level of knowledge and patient care skills and their level of professionalism. I am also very proud of our students’ level of commitment and engagement in serving their community. These students are a shining example of the E&H mission in action.” 

We continue to hear wonderful things from our preceptors on the quality of the E&H PA and PT students…their level of knowledge and patient care skills and their level of professionalism.
-Lou Fincher, Vice President of the School of Health Sciences

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3030-emory-henry-honored-as-an-affordable-college"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png" alt="Recognized for exceptional value, Emory & Henry College stands out among its national peers in providing affordable education." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png 3x" data-max-w="1450" data-max-h="815" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3030-emory-henry-honored-as-an-affordable-college">Emory & Henry Honored as an Affordable College of Distinction</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College has been awarded a prestigious distinction for its commitment to affordability compared to other institutions. The recognition comes from Colleges of Distinction, a resource that selects schools based on the quality and diversity of hands-on experiences rather than relying on traditional rankings.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3030-emory-henry-honored-as-an-affordable-college" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry College, 176th Commencement on May 4, 2024" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating">Emory & Henry College Celebrates 200 Graduating 2024 Seniors</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The First to Come to Campus During a Pandemic and the Last to Have College on Diplomas First Class of Nine Nurses to Enter the Workforce</p><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3372-emory-henry-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-for-new"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg" alt="Faculty, Staff and Community Members at Emory & Henry's Ribbon Cutting at the Helen Matthew's Lewis Women's & Gend..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3372-emory-henry-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-for-new">Emory & Henry Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for New Women’s & Gender Center Honoring Helen Matthews Lewis</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry College proudly announced the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Helen Matthews Lewis Women’s & Gender Center, held on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. The event occurred at the Damer House on the Emory campus.</p><a href="/live/news/3372-emory-henry-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-for-new" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png" alt=" Latest print edition of the Fall 2022 E&H Magazine, now online at www.emoryhenry.edu/magazine " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-max-w="9000" data-max-h="5700" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online">Emory & Henry College Launches New Online Magazine</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College is proud to announce the launch of the College’s</span> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">E&H Magazine </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">website, a complement to the bi-annual publication created by the Office of Marketing and Communications in partnership with the Office of Advancement and the Alumni Office.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3147-emory-henry-ranks-21-of-135-regional"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry was ranked 21 of 135 peer institutions by U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges for 2023-24, offering more than 9..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2130" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3147-emory-henry-ranks-21-of-135-regional">Emory & Henry Ranks 21 of 135 Regional University (South) Rankings from U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry had a strong showing in the</span> <strong><i>U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges for 2023-24</i></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, earning the number 21 spot of the Best Colleges amongst 135 peer institutions. Emory & Henry was also ranked #13 for Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs among regional universities in the south and #68 for Social Mobility moving up nine spots amongst its peers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3147-emory-henry-ranks-21-of-135-regional" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3580-emory-henry-names-next-mens-head-basketball"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/18,0,351,333/16033_jimmy-allen.rev.1717596457.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/18,0,351,333/16033_jimmy-allen.rev.1717596457.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/18,0,351,333/16033_jimmy-allen.rev.1717596457.jpg" alt="Jimmy Allen E&H Men's Basketball Coach" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="333" data-max-h="333" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3580-emory-henry-names-next-mens-head-basketball">Emory & Henry Names Next Men’s Head Basketball Coach</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry Names Jimmy Allen Next Head Men’s Basketball Coach</p><a href="/live/news/3580-emory-henry-names-next-mens-head-basketball" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3171-emory-henry-department-of-theatre-and-the"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg" alt="President John Wells, Barter Theatre Board Chair Emily O'Quinn and Barter Theatre Artistic Director Katy Brown and E&H Theatre S..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3171-emory-henry-department-of-theatre-and-the">Emory & Henry Department of Theatre and The Barter Theatre Continue Meaningful Partnership with a Formal Signing</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Barter Theatre and Emory & Henry College have agreed to continue their collaborative, professional association with the goal of enhancing the professional theatre studies program at Emory & Henry College. This partnership will provide access for Emory & Henry College theatre students to certain elements of Barter Theatre’s professional staff and their expertise prior to graduation. Emory & Henry College and the Barter Theatre renewed their partnership on October 12 at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts, home of the Emory & Henry Department of Theatre. </p><a href="/live/news/3171-emory-henry-department-of-theatre-and-the" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>