Franklin College receives grant

Franklin College has received a nearly $1 million grant that will help the college launch a new master’s degree program for medical assistants.

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded Franklin College $998,395 that will pay for the launch of the college’s new physician assistant studies program during the next five years. Students will be able to start enrolling in the new graduate program during the 2017-18 school year, with the first class of 20 graduating in 2019, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college David Brailow said.

Students also will be able to participate in a new schedule where they spend three years working on bachelor’s degrees in fields such as biology, spend their fourth year ending their bachelor’s work and starting their master’s work and complete work on their master’s degree during the fifth year, Brailow said.

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