Could The Midland College PA Program Leave? 07/12/13
July 12, 2013
Midland - Questions continue in Midland as to if the Physician Assistant program will stay at Midland College or leave to Lubbock. CBS 7 is not the only group looking for answers, now concerned residents are asking state officials about the programs future.
Looking at the frequently asked questions on the Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center website the reason Texas Tech chose to put the program in Midland is stated clearly. It says West Texas is a critically underserved health-care area, followed by political leaders favoring the establishment of a program in West Texas along with the legislature and the Midland community.
“I hate it for the community, you know I think everybody has stood behind the program, and to me the growth rate among students upon graduating is phenomenal and they have expressed that numerous times,” said concerned resident Kevin Slater.
Slater said as soon as he caught wind of the situation he began asking questions to our political leaders, sending an e-mail to State Representative Tom Craddick as well as Texas Tech’s health sciences president Dr. Tedd Mitchell.
“He did reply and confirm 100 percent that the class that is currently there is and will continue to be there and will graduate from Midland Texas regardless of what is done in the future. As far as elaborate on what is going to happen with the program that is there, he never said,” said Slater.
We were able to get in contact with Texas Techs director of Communications who says they are working with elected officials and state holders on this decision. However the reason of why they are even talking about the change will be addressed next Wednesday in a press conference.
“I think everybody wants to know why they would even consider this as an option, the question is not whether you do it or not, but why you would consider it as an option.,” said Slater.