Touro University Middletown launches new program

Touro Middletown campus

MIDDLETOWN – The field of healthcare continues to face a shortage of medical professionals and the Touro University Middletown Campus is working to close that gap.

On Wednesday the local campus cut the ribbon on its new physician assistant program.

University President Dr. Alan Kadish said that while this program is new to Middletown, some of their other campuses have been educating physician assistants for years.

“We believe there remains a substantial healthcare professional shortage in the United States and one of Touro’s missions with our 7,000 healthcare students is try to correct that shortage and do what we can to produce well-qualified practitioners in a variety of fields,” he said.

The physician assistant field is projected to grow 31 percent in the next decade with 12,000 new jobs being added annually, university officials said.