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.



PA program’s Class of 2019 earns 100 pass rate on national exam   

All 38 members of the program’s most recent graduating class passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination on the first try, the second time during the past five years the program has achieved that mark.

Lynch publishes article about diabetes and the commercial motor vehicle driver

An article by Shaun Lynch, assistant professor and academic coordinator in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was published in February’s issue of Clinician Reviews, a peer-reviewed clinical journal for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.


Physician Assistant Studies program makes inaugural appearance in national rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranked Elon's program No. 37 in the country among 170 programs. The 2020 rankings mark the first time the program has been eligible for inclusion in the rankings. 

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 Saturday in a Whitley Auditorium ceremony featuring remarks from Preston Hammock, president of Alamance Regional Medical Center and senior vice president at Cone Health.

Elon Physician Assistant Studies program well-represented at the NCAPA Poster Session

The poster session was part of the N.C. Academy of Physician Assistants Winter Meeting.  

Elon Physician Assistant Studies student attends 2019 Triangle Health Innovation Challenge

Hillary McDonald, third-year PA student attended the 2019 Triangle Health Innovation Challenge (thinc) held Feb. 1-3. The 3-day hackathon held at the Duke School of Medicine joined teams of students from the Triangle's regional colleges and universities to solve pressing problems in healthcare.


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.