Focus on Primary Care

Elon PA students learn to care for the whole patient - body, mind and spirit. The primary care-focused program employs a holistic approach to healthcare with an emphasis on: medical knowledge, interpersonal communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-and systems-based learning.

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First-rate Facilities

The newly renovated Gerald L. Francis Center was custom-designed for Elon’s School of Health Sciences. The building features an anatomy lab, clinical skills lab, simulated outpatient exam rooms, cardiopulmonary auscultation lab, dedicated PA classrooms and meeting areas, all with state-of-the-art technology to foster a learner-centered environment.

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Accomplished Faculty

The faculty has a combined 30 years of full-time PA education teaching experience and 60+ years of full-time clinical experience representing all four primary care disciplines and additional clinical subspecialty experience. All share a love for teaching, mentoring and engaging in service, research and leadership.

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Active Learning

Small group discussions, hands-on clinical skills labs and simulated patient experiences are incorporated throughout the curriculum to prep students for a host of professional experiences. The Continued Learning and Competency Development course series provides a clinical context for students to apply their new medical knowledge to patient care.

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Elon P.A.

M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies

Elon's 27-month, full-time program prepares graduates to think critically and act skillfully to meet expanding health care needs in local and global communities. 

Students will immerse themselves in a curriculum structured around active learning strategies through collaborative work with Elon's faculty, scholars and practitioners in the field. Students emerge in a little more than two years as graduates prepared to employ the most current knowledge to care for patients' physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.

The Elon PA program, along with the Elon Doctor of Physical Therapy program, is housed within the School of Health Sciences.

 

News

School of Health Sciences Faculty and Students publish research about human donors 

Doctor of Physical Therapy Education faculty Janet M. Cope and Mary Kay Hannah and Physician Assistant student Mackenzie Precht along with Physical Therapy students Amy Klinepeter and Brooke Powell recently published a manuscript about the use of human donors in PT anatomy education in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 

Elon PA Students Attend National Conference

Fourteen first and second year physician assistant students, four faculty members and an alumna participated in events at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) National Conference, held May 16-20, 2017 in Las Vegas.

 

Skillman receives Emerging Leader Award

Nita Skillman was honored with the Emerging Leader Award at the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) 2017 Annual Conference on Sunday, June 4.

Elon's Physician Assistant Studies program graduates its newest class

Thirty-eight candidates in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program received degrees Sunday in a Whitley Auditorium ceremony featuring remarks from Reginald Carter, Duke University professor emeritus and historian emeritus of the Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History. 

Lynch and Duffy receive NCCPA grant to support local health fair program

The grant from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants will help support a health fair for local elementary students.

Rebecca Neiduski named dean of the School of Health Sciences

Neiduski will provide leadership for graduate programs in physical therapy and physician assistant studies and follows Founding Dean Elizabeth Rogers, who retired in 2016.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Elon University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Elon University.

Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.