HPU Graduates First Physician Assistant Class

High Point University President Nido Qubein shakes the hand of Jaclyn Woods, one of HPU’s first physician assistant students, during the program’s graduation.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 12, 2017 – A group of new physician assistants are ready to care for patients in the Piedmont Triad and throughout the country after graduating today from High Point University.

The 19 students were selected out of 800 applicants for HPU’s inaugural class in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, housed in the Congdon School of Health Sciences. They began their academic career in May 2015 and received their master’s degrees during today’s special ceremony, where Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president, delivered the graduation address.

They also graduated during the 50-year anniversary of the physician assistant profession. Many graduates have already secured employment in the Piedmont Triad and beyond.

“The future is bright for these graduates, and I cannot think of a better time in history to be a physician assistant as we enter the next 50 years of the profession,” says Dr. Linda Sekhon, chair of the department. “This amazing group of young men and women have already demonstrated the determination, perseverance and grit to be highly successful providers. As the inaugural class, they not only ‘took the road less traveled,’ but they ‘paved the road’ in their footsteps for all that follows for our physician assistant students. I am proud to have them join the ranks of a very noble profession.”

HPU’s physician assistant program now has 75 students total. It is housed in the four-story, 220,000-square-foot Congdon Hall, which is the university’s single largest investment in history and will officially open this fall. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, prestigious faculty and newly designed curriculum, the Congdon School of Health Sciences and Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy create a cornerstone for medical innovation at HPU.

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