Featured Associate: Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program

The PA Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine was founded in 1969 and is one of the oldest programs in the country. The 24-month program, which awards a Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree, is among the top 10 programs in the country, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. The PA program has two campuses—one in Winston-Salem, N.C. and one in Boone, N.C., a partnership with Appalachian State University College of Health Sciences.

The program’s mission is to train physician assistants who provide patient-centered care, make significant contributions to the health care community and continually advance the PA profession. The program features an innovative curriculum of inquiry-based, small group, self-directed learning stimulated by real patient medical problems. This patient-centered approach immerses students in real-life cases and nurtures their clinical problem-solving abilities.

Another unique feature is the Emerging Leaders Program, a 34-month sequential degree program in collaboration with the Wake Forest University School of Business. Students first complete a 10-month Master of Arts in Management degree and then earn a MMS in PA Studies. The innovative program is the only one of its kind in the country. It seeks to create a future generation of leaders for the PA profession who are equipped with high quality patient care skills in addition to business competencies.

The Wake Forest PA program also offers a joint MMS-PhD degree. The five- to seven-year sequential degree program, offered in conjunction with the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, allows a student to earn a MMS after completing a PhD in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science.

To learn more about the Wake Forest PA program, click here.