Saturday, August 13, 2022, 65 LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Professions students graduated from their respective programs with a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
- Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science – 5 graduates
- Master of Communication Disorders – 2 graduates
- Master of Public Health – 1 graduate
- Master of Occupational Therapy – 23 graduates
- Master of Physician Assistant – 34 graduates
This year’s commencement speaker was Daytheon Sturges, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, CHES who is a Haynesville, Louisiana native and LSUHS Alumni. Daytheon Sturges is a graduate of the LSUHS BS in Physician Assistant and Master of PA Studies programs. He holds the distinction as being the first African American alumni to give the commencement address. He currently practices family medicine at the University of Washington Primary Care – Northgate in Seattle, Washington. He is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine; Associate Program Director for Regional Affairs, Justice, Equity, and Inclusion (JEDI); and Interim Associate Program Director of Academic Affairs at MEDEX Northwest PA Program.
Allied health professions are involved with the delivery of health services pertaining to the identification and prevention of diseases and disorders, rehabilitation, and more. To name a few, allied health professionals include medical laboratory scientists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, public health professionals, speech language pathologists, and many others. Currently, these professions make up approximately 60 percent of health care occupations.
Health care remains a key sector that will drive the economy in our community now and in the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health care occupations is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, adding about 2.6 million new jobs.