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The addition of a physician assistant (PA) graduate program at Canisius is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to the generosity of two local charitable foundations.

The M&T Charitable Foundation recently awarded Canisius a five-year, $500,000 grant. Similarly, the Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation awarded Canisius a four-year, $100,000 grant. Funds from both will be used to support the construction of instructional space necessary for the PA program and the purchase of laboratory equipment. 

The M&T Charitable Foundation provides support for a diverse range of civic, cultural, and health and human service organizations through grants, employee volunteerism and in-kind services. 

The Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation provides scholarships for secondary school students, funds for cancer research and support for specific projects for organizations in Western New York that are related to education and the larger community. 

Canisius College is on track to launch a physician assistant graduate program in January 2021. The construction of allied health laboratories and facilities are required for instructional and accreditation purposes. The addition of a PA program will enhance programmatic offerings while filling a critical local need for physician assistants to provide primary care to patients in the local healthcare environment.

Submitted by: College Communications