HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 13, 2018 – A group of new physician assistants are ready to care for patients in the Piedmont Triad and throughout the country after graduating on Aug. 11 from High Point University.
The 21 students were selected out of more than 1,000 applicants for HPU’s second class in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, housed in the Congdon School of Health Sciences. They began their academic career in June 2016 and received their degrees at Saturday’s special ceremony.
One of the graduates is Edona Kovani, a Kosovo War refugee. She moved to the United States with her immediate family in 1999. Her time at HPU felt like family to her.
“We were in class Monday through Friday, and it really felt like they were my support system,” says Kovani. “And the faculty as well, they were there for you. There were numerous times where I would go in without even scheduling an appointment and just say, ‘Hey, can I ask you a question?’” says Kovani.
The program now enrolls 35 students every year out of more than 1,000 applicants. It is housed in the new Congdon Hall that opened in fall 2017. 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. Kovani’s class was the second cohort to graduate from HPU.
“I felt really blessed to be part of the first students to lead the way for future classes,” says Kovani.