Three students in Western University of Health Sciences’ Primary Care

Physician Assistant (PA) Education Program are the recipients of

scholarships given by the Physician Assistant Foundation. The Western

University students were among 57 scholarship winners.

Jessica Mueller of Glendora won a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Schering

Laboratories. Montebello resident Angelica Acosta won the $2,000 Wyeth-

Ayerst Laboratories scholarship, while Placentia’s Eric Dietrich won a

$2,000 scholarship sponsored by DJ Pharma.

Scholarship winners were chosen based on financial need, academic record

as a PA student, extracurricular activities and future goals as a

physician assistant.

Three hundred twenty-eight physician assistant students from all over the

country submitted applications, the largest number in the program’s


Physician assistants are health professionals licensed to practice

medicine with physician supervision. PAs exercise autonomy in medical

decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic,

preventative and health maintenance services. PAs may work in a primary,

specialty or surgical practice settings and are centered on patient care.

Their work also may include educational, research and administration


As the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

(AAPA), a national organization that represents PAs in all specialties and

all employment settings. the Physician Assistant Foundation’s mission is

to foster knowledge and philanthropy that enhance the delivery of quality

health care.

For more information on Western University’s PA program, contact the

admissions office at (909) 469-5335.