The Elon University Department of Physician Assistant Studies was started in 2011 to develop the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The PA program joined the established Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the new School of Health Sciences. Housed in a state-of-the-art facility, the PA program received provisional accreditation in 2012. Founding faculty include Mark Archambault, Brenda Quincy, Diane Duffy, Patti Ragan, Cindy Bennett, Alexis Moore, Melissa Murfin, and Tracey Tonsor.
The Elon PA program embraces Elon University’s strong tradition of engaged learning and includes an interdisciplinary, human anatomy donor lab, cardiopulmonary and childbirth simulators, and a clinical skills teaching suite. The program’s vision includes a focus on learning, caring, serving and leading. To that end, the Elon PA Student Society has developed a relationship with a local free clinic and provides student volunteer services throughout the year. In addition, Elon PA students are involved in interdisciplinary, educational projects with physical therapy students and law students. The Program has limited global opportunities for clinical education with students having the opportunity to apply to complete a rotation in Belize.
Time goes by quickly, the first class has already come and gone! The inaugural class of 38 students began their PA journey in January, 2013 and graduated in March, 2015. They set the bar high by achieving a 100% first time pass rate on the PANCE. All are employed, with about half remaining in North Carolina and over a third of the class choosing to work in primary care settings.
Other student accomplishments include four members of the Class of 2016 being selected for National Health Service Corps scholarships, for eventual practice in underserved areas, and one member of the Class of 2017 being named a Paul Ambrose Scholar, thereby having an opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary training in public health. Class number four will enter in January 2016.
Learn more about the Elon PA program here.
The photograph is courtesy of the Elon University Department of Physician Assistant Studies.