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School of Health Professions

Mount St. Mary’s University’s graduate School of Health Professions will serve as a leading edge medical education facility graduating the next generation of healthcare leaders.

Our programs will prepare students to meet the growing demand for qualified healthcare professionals locally and across the country. The new school will open its doors in the fall of 2024.

16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd. Emmitsburg, MD 21727


Our Mission

At the Mount’s School of Health Professions, our mission is to Care Significantly.

  • We inspire students to Care compassionately for patients and communities.
  • We teach students to Care responsibly, aligned with clinical best practices.
  • We prepare students to Care equitably, honoring the dignity of each individual while working to change and improve the health care system.
  • We support students to Care thoughtfully, developing practices to promote long-term well-being as future clinicians.

Key Initiatives

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Care for America

Care for America embodies our dedication to promoting healthcare equity. The program empowers students to become patient advocates and providers of equitable healthcare through health equity courses, immersive learning experiences and clinical rotations. Additionally, Care for America provides scholarship opportunities for PA students committed to working in the most underserved settings after graduation.

Learn About Care For America

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Center for Clinician Well-Being

The Center for Clinician Well-Being offers a wide array of curricular and extracurricular opportunities to support students in developing lifelong habits that promote contentment, resilience, wellness and joy. This initiative proactively helps students build the necessary mindsets and skills to maintain their well-being and prevent burnout throughout their healthcare careers.

Learn About the Center for Clinician Well-Being

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Pediatric Health Center

The Pediatric Health Center offers patient and family care through tailored care plans and therapies developed by licensed behavioral analysts. The aim is to provide a therapeutic environment for individuals dealing with behavioral issues, along with offering training to parents, teachers and other professionals. More information coming soon.

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Academic Programs

  • Physician Assistant Program

    The Physician Assistant program provides a comprehensive curriculum, grounded in principles of equity and well-being, to prepare students to become highly skilled and compassionate healthcare practitioners.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis

    The Applied Behavioral Analysis program teaches the knowledge and skills to assess and treat behavioral, communication and developmental disabilities, enabling students to become providers who make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families.

Why we must Care Significantly

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Our Community

Currently there are not enough healthcare practitioners to ensure the health and well-being of our local community.

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Rural Health

Recent reports suggest troubling declines in the health of individuals who live in the rural US. Provider shortages are a leading factor.

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Healthcare Equity

Significant inequality exists in healthcare in the United States across sex, race and ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other characteristics. This leads to disparities in health outcomes.

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Well-Being and Burnout

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of healthcare workers identified as burned out. This decreases the quality of patient care and the well-being of clinicians.

The School of Health Professions is our biggest, boldest step in growing the next generation of ethical, compassionate healthcare leaders. Your support makes it possible.

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A New State of the Art Medical Education Facility

This video offers prospective students a virtual tour of the new School of Health Professions.

Support the School of Health Professions Today

Our Mission, Our Moment, Our Mount is one of the most ambitious campaigns in the history of the Mount. Together, we will embark on a comprehensive campaign to invest at least $50 million in the mission-critical priorities that our community needs most. Visit to learn more.

A message from the Dean

“At Mount St. Mary's University, we pride ourselves on our dynamic academic programs, experienced faculty, and focus on student success. Our new School of Health Professions will provide students with hands-on training and the opportunity to learn and work with the latest technology and equipment in a stunning, state-of-the-art facility. Our faculty members are accomplished professionals and skilled clinicians who are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and live lives of significance.”

Christine McCauslin, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Health Professions

Meet our Staff

Mary Jackson, MMS, PA-C, CAQ-EM

Mary Jackson, MMS, PA-C, CAQ-EM

Program Director - PA Program

Leanne Hedges, MMS, PA-C

Leanne Hedges, MMS, PA-C

Associate Program Director, Physician Assistant Program

Ndidi Nwokorie, MD

Ndidi Nwokorie, MD

Medical Director - PA Program

Tara Jernejcic, PA-C

Tara Jernejcic, PA-C

Clinical Director - PA Program

Megan Putman, PA-C

Megan Putman, PA-C

Academic Director - PA Program

Kevin Richardson, PA-C

Kevin Richardson, PA-C

Director of Assessments - PA Program

Marie Lalor

Marie Lalor

Dean’s Assistant, School of Health Professions

Griffin W. Rooker, BCBA, Ph.D.

Griffin W. Rooker, BCBA, Ph.D.

Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program / Assistant Professor

Kwadwo Britwum, Ph.D.

Kwadwo Britwum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Correll, Ph.D.

Rebecca Correll, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


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Contact Us

Contact the School of Health Professions

Call 301-447-5260 or email

Contact the PA Program

Call 301-447-5121 or email

Contact the ABA Program

Call 301-447-5143 or email