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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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Students working in the anatomy lab

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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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

Elon PA faculty present at the 2014 PAEA Education Forum

Four faculty members in Elon 's Department of Physical Assistant Studies presented at the 2014 Physician Assistant Education (PAEA) Forum held in Philadelphia on Oct. 15-19.

Patti Ragan honored by Physician Assistant Education Association

The director of Elon University's Physician Assistant Studies program received the PAEA's 2014 Master Faculty Award for her contributions to physician assistant education.

Elon students win National Health Service Corps scholarships

A federal program of the Health Resources and Services Administration will provide full tuition and a stipend to four Elon University graduate students planning to work in medically underserved regions across the United States.

PA student receives scholarship from NC Academy of Physician Assistants

School of Health Sciences hosts doctors from Iraq

As part of an effort to improve the medical education system in Iraq, the physicians visited Elon's Francis Center on Aug. 21.

In the School of Health Sciences, art brings the body to life

Graduate students in Elon's Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies programs worked July 11 with a nationally recognized artist to paint muscles, tissue and bone onto classmates in a hands-on approach to anatomy.

Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Elon University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Elon University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.