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Nikki Tucker named secretary of Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Candice “Nikki” Tucker, clinical director for the physician assistant program, has been named secretary of the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics.  The Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics (SPAP) is a non-profit specialty organization of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). The Society consists of PAs, PA residents and students, as well as affiliate and associate individuals who share a common interest in the art of pediatric medicine. SPAP supports members in promoting high standards in the delivery of pediatric health care and provides the opportunity to network with other PAs and individuals interested in the well-being of children.

Tucker joined the K-State staff in 2019 with the newly established physician assistant program in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Prior to K-State, she practiced at Mayo Clinic in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology specializing in leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplant. As a leukemia survivor herself, she is a passionate patient advocate and an active lobbyist for policy changes to increase resources and decrease medical costs for cancer patients.

The physician assistant program is a 27-month, full-time graduate program, leading to a master’s degree in physician assistant studies, consists of three semesters of classroom instruction, followed by 15 months of clinical training. PA students will complete approximately 2,000 hours of hands-on clinical experiences, through 11 rotations at various clinics and hospitals across the State of Kansas, and beyond. The physician assistant program will be located in Mary and Carl Ice Hall on K-State’s Manhattan campus.

Applications are currently being accepted for the first cohort of students. Those interested can apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants website.

To learn more about the physician assistant program, visit hhs.k-state.edu/pa.

This article was posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, and is filed under College News.