Program Overview

Curriculum Approach

This 24-month program engages students through an innovative systems-organized curriculum that employs large and small group discussion, hands-on clinical skills labs, simulated patient experiences, lecture and patient scenario discussions. Over the course of the academic year, the patient scenarios and simulated patient experiences will increase in complexity. These will culminate in an Advanced Clinical Reasoning course in the fall that builds on existing learner-centered models by guiding students to reapply knowledge and build competence in all areas of the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession.

The required Master’s Project supports and promotes professional development in the area of accessing, critically appraising and applying the best available evidence to address a research, patient care or policy question relevant to Physician Assistant practice or education. The clinical education phase consists of seven required rotations (Adult Primary Care, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Inpatient Medicine, General Surgery, Women’s Health and Behavioral Medicine) and one elective. Clinical sites are located throughout the central area of North Carolina.

Program Information

  • Full-time 24-month program that enrolls each January
  • 113.5 credits must be successfully completed in order to graduate
  • Candidates must have an earned baccalaureate degree and have successfully completed all the prerequisite courses and admission requirements. Learn more about the Minimum Admission Requirements.


The Elon University Department of Physician Assistant Studies embraces the overall mission of the University and seeks to fulfill the Departmental vision of “Learning. Caring. Serving. Leading.” by acting upon these commitments:


We foster a supportive, collaborative and collegial community that engages students in a learner-centered environment, appropriately challenges them to capably demonstrate clinical competence, and supports professional development of students and faculty.


We promote dialogue on personal and cultural attributes and are accepting of different values, beliefs and perspectives as a valuable addition to our learning community. We advance patient care by recognizing that our first responsibility is to our patients as we integrate the core competencies of the physician assistant profession including: medical knowledge, interpersonal communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice- and systems-based learning.

We embrace the healthcare team approach and believe interprofessional, patient-centered care is achieved through collaboration across health professions’ disciplines and integration of patient or family preferences with the best available healthcare practices.

Serving and Leading:

We are dedicated to the advancement of the PA profession and our communities as we continually seek to develop as professionals. We seek to lead change within PA education that improves patient care, eliminates health disparities and adapts to meet the needs of the ever-changing healthcare environment.

We encourage the development of engaged minds, inspired leaders and global citizens through the investment of our talents and skills toward the betterment of communities locally and around the globe.

Elon PA: A Higher Standard of Care