Year One

  • Enroll in Elon 101 with other Accelerated Pathway students
  • Engage in an interprofessional panel discussion with healthcare professionals
  • Partner with the Student Professional Development Center to explore professional identity and develop well-crafted resumes
  • Attend a group advising meeting to receive a welcome and introduction to the Accelerated Pathways Program and a tour of the Gerald Francis Center from the Dean of the School of Health Sciences
  • Participate in a panel discussion with current physician assistant and physical therapy students to discuss tips for successful preparation and valued healthcare experiences for entry into a PA or PT program
  • Attend a group advising meeting to learn about local volunteer opportunities and explore available certification opportunities to obtain direct patient care experiences
  • Obtain approximately 200 hours of volunteer or work experience in a health care setting

Year Two

  • Volunteer with the Open Door Clinic of Alamance County or H.O.P.E. Clinic and complete critical reflection around healthcare disparities
  • Attend a group advising meeting to learn about global engagement opportunities
  • Participate in a leadership workshop to explore social identities and intercultural competencies
  • Attend a group advising meeting to explore partnerships with undergraduate and graduate research opportunities
  • Obtain approximately 300-400 hours of volunteer or work experience in a health care setting

Year Three

  • Take part in an interprofessional educational experience with graduate health professions students
  • Participate in MMIs that focus on critical thinking skills and professional readiness for a career in health care and complete a self-reflection of the MMI to review with SHS advisor
  • Attend a group advising meeting to engage in a book club discussion on assigned reading
  • Complete 5 out of 6 science courses required for admission to Elon’s graduate PA or PT programs
  • Obtain approximately 300-400 hours of volunteer or work experience in a health care setting
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to provide a competitive score for admission into the PA and PT programs

Year Four

  • Complete all science prerequisites required for admission to the graduate programs
  • Submit a competitive Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, one from a healthcare professional and one from a faculty member
  • Complete and submit all volunteer or work experience in healthcare setting
  • Following completion of all requirements, participate in a PA or PT interview

Additional Opportunities

  • Become a standardized patient and interact with PA and PT students during clinical skills training
  • Volunteer regularly with a PA or PT student at the Alamance County Open Door Clinic or the Elon H.O.P.E. Clinic
  • Work with student representatives from PA and PT to plan and/or participate in the Great Cape Escape and the H.O.P.E. Clinic Fun Fest
  • Collaborate with PA and PT faculty and students on scholarly research projects
  • Participate in Peak Performance Testing with PT/Athletic Residency Program