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.



Physician Assistant Studies program holds White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony marks the start of intensive clinical learning experiences for the 37 members of the program's Class of 2020.

Healthy Habits: Elon PA students practice service learning at Garrett Elementary

First-year Elon Physician Assistant Studies Program students participated in a service learning project at Garrett Elementary School in Mebane, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2018.

Physician Assistant Studies faculty publish articles

Assistant professors Tracey Thurnes and Cindy Bennett in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies recently authored articles that appeared in a variety of publications.

School of Health Sciences faculty, students work with pro bono clinic in Belize

Assistant Professor Melissa Scales was joined by four students in the Physician Assistant Studies program in Belize, where they worked with Hillside Health Care International. 

Anatomical Gift Program’s memorial service an expression of gratitude for ‘silent teachers’

The July 12 ceremony commemorated the lives and contributions of the program’s first nine anatomical donors. 

Elon Physician Assistant Studies program well-represented at American Academy of Physician Assistants Conference

Elon University had a strong presence at the conference, held May 19-23 in New Orleans, with 11 physician assistant students from the classes of 2019 and 2020 attending and four faculty members presenting.


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.