Local student accepted to leading dual degree program
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Tahoe High school graduate Aricela Ramos has been accepted into the dual masters degree program at Touro University for the graduating class of 2014. Ramos will begin the 32-month program this August to receive a master of public health and master of science of physician assistant studies.
Ramos was one of 40 college graduates chosen out of more than 1,200 applicants.
Ramos graduated from South Tahoe High School in 2004 where she participated in cross-country and girls basketball, peer counseling, and the Junior ROTC program. During her four years in ROTC, she was selected as the executive officer, helped lead the cadets in earning the program’s highest award of distinguished unit, and was the recipient of the program’s highest cadet award of meritorious achievement.
Ramos graduated with honors from California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Arts in communications studies. While at Sac State, Ramos earned several leadership awards as a resident adviser, served as an elementary school reading tutor, rowed on the women’s crew, and was a conversation leader at the Lake Tahoe Community College Spanish Institute. After college she was employed as the executive director of the bay area region for the Parent Institute for Quality Education. Most recently, Ramos completed two volunteer internships at Barton Memorial Hospital, where for a total of five months she assisted physicians and nurses in patient care. Ramos is also the recipient of the Barton Auxiliary scholarship.
The dual masters degree program at Touro University, located in Vallejo, Calif., is designed to produce licensed physician assistants and leaders in public health. The program at Touro University is accredited by the Committee of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Joint MSPAS/MPH curriculum is an integrated graduate-level program that consists of instruction and clinical experiences in both the medical and public health disciplines. Graduates of the Touro program are eligible for licensure to practice in all 50 states.
After completing the program at Touro, Ramos hopes to be work as a physician assistant in California and eventually serve as a hospital administrator.