Tracey Tonsor

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Gerald L. Francis Center 207
2087 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6852

Brief Biography

Ms. Tracey Tonsor joined the faculty at Elon University Department of Physician Assistant Studies as Assistant Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in September, 2012.  She comes to us from Cardiology Consultants of Danville Inc, in Danville, Virginia where she provided direct patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings as a certified physician assistant.  She also served as a sub-investigator on multiple clinical trials involving cardiovascular disease and different treatment modalities for a multitude of cardiac conditions.  Tracey continues her clinical practice one day a week where she also is a preceptor for physician assistant students and third and fourth year medical students. 

Ms. Tonsor received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and holds a Bachelor of Science from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.  She is passionate about physician assistants and the role they have in increasing access to patient-centered care and improving patient outcomes in today’s healthcare environment.  



Master of Physician Assistant Studies, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC

Courses Taught


PAS 520 Cardiovascular

PAS 576 Continuing Learning and Competency Development IV

PAS 670 Continuing Learning and Competency Development V

PAS 672 Continuing Learning and Competency Development VI

Leadership Positions


Active member of Clinical Education Committee

Active member of Client and Simulated Patient Program Committee

Active member of Admissions Committee

Active member of Academic and Professional Progress Committee

Active member of Elon University Student Life Committee




Ms. Tonsor has served as a sub-investigator on the following clinical trials:


Dal-Outcomes:  ACS

Dal-Outcomes II:  High Risk Vascular Disease

REAL AF-Registry:  Atrial Fibrillation

Odysseus Trial:  Multaq/LV size

Hestia Trial:  Multaq/Atrial Fibrillation

Translate Registry:  ACS

Pegasus TIMI 54:  Tecagalor


Gloria AF Registry:  Atrial Fibrillation

Accelerate Trial:  High Risk Vascular Disease

Pradaxa Study:  Atrial Fibrillation

Grants Awarded

2013- CATL Teaching and Learning Grant- The iPAD Project


  • “Preceptor Recruitment and Retention through the Lenses of a New and Established Program” at Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Educational Forum.  October 2014.  Co-Presenter with Diane Duffy, MD, Elizabeth Bunting, PA-C, Julie Daniel-Yount, PA-C

Professional Activities


American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)

  • Member of Internal Medicine/Family Medicine EOR Item Writing Sub-Committee

Association of Physician Assistant in Cardiology (APAC)

North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA)

Service Activities

Women's Resource Center of Alamance County

Burlington Junior Women's Club

Professional Development


NIH (Protecting Human Subject Research Participants), 2009

Good Clinical Practice Review, 2010

Physician Assistant Education Association Clinical Coordinator’s Workshop 2012

Physician Assistant Education Association Basic Skills Faculty Development Certificate Program  2012