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Local university fills need for medical professionals

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It's listed in U.S. News and World Report as one of the best careers for 2009, and experts think it's recession proof.

Trevecca Nazarene University is one of four institutions in Tennessee that offers a graduate program for Physician Assistants.

38-year-old Greg Glover is making a mid-career change to go there.

The husband and father of two says he and his wife prepared for this commitment for years.

Now, as a nurse, she will be the sole support for the family while Greg completes 27 months of study.

He left a secure job to make the leap of faith.

Glover says, "About eight years ago when I got into the pharmaceutical industry that's when I was first introduced to the field of physician assistant and after 8 years of working side by side with them in some cases, I realized that was really what I think God wanted me to be."

Glover has 27 months of study ahead of him at Trevecca University, in a field that's considered to be more than recession-proof.

Dr. Michael Moredock, the director of the program at Trevecca, says he believes that as the federal government changes medical care across the country, PA's will be in even more demand.

Glover thinks he's making a common sense move since "people are always going to get sick. They are always going to need help. And they are always going look for someone they can trust to give it to them."

A Physician Assistant does much more than most people think.

Dr. Moredock said, "This person is able to diagnose, do physical exams, to order laboratory tests and interpret those. And then also to set up a treatment program, management care for this person."

Trevecca started its physician assistant graduate program more than 30 years ago. Since then, it's supplied more than half the PA's in Nashville and the Mid-state. 

According to U.S. News and World Reports, other top jobs with staying power through the recession and beyond, include engineers, firefighters, clergy, and practically anything in the medical field.

Visit USNews.com to view the list of recession-proof jobs.

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