Slippery Rock University's new master of science in physician assistant studies program officially kicked off May 10 at the newly renovated Harrisville Building as students gathered for orientation. The program blends on-site and online education, with classes offered at the former Har-Mer Building in Harrisville. The facility houses 13 state-of-the-art labs and equipment that simulates real-time patient care, including an interactive mannequin that produces mock vital signs. Four exam rooms include cameras for professors to monitor student progress. The 24-month program readies students to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses and provide treatment under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon.