School of Health Sciences

Gerald L. Francis Center: Home of Elon's School of Health Sciences

The Gerald L. Francis Center, 762 East Haggard Ave., is the home of Elon's School of Health Sciences and includes 50,000 square feet dedicated to the doctor of physical therapy program and the master of physician assistant studies program. The facility is named to honor Executive Vice President Gerald L. Francis, who has dedicated his entire academic career to Elon.

The Francis Center


Doctor of Physical Therapy

The physical therapy program's dedicated teaching space includes three classrooms, a biomechanics lab, neuropediatrics lab, musculoskeletal lab, simulation exam rooms and an osteology lab. Shared space with the PA program includes a human donor anatomy lab, locker rooms and numerous student common spaces.

New teaching and research equipment includes a second Biodex system for campus, a Qualisys gait analysis and rehabilitation system, which includes 12 cameras and a 16-channel wireless EMG system, plus two force plates and a Robomedica system.


Physician Assistant Studies

The physician assistant studies program's dedicated teaching space includes two classrooms, a clinical skills laboratory, five simulated exam rooms, a cardiopulmonary auscultation lab, wet dissection/clinical procedure lab and six small group study rooms. Shared space with the DPT program includes a human donor anatomy lab, locker rooms, and numerous student common spaces.

Additional equipment will include a Harvey™ Cardiopulmonary simulator, high definition cameras for use with clinical skills examinations, and state-of-the-art classroom technology.