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Program Overview

The HPU Physician Assistant Studies program will begin each Summer and will span 27 months over 7 continuous semesters.  Part-time or interrupted attendance is not an option, and no online classes are offered.  The program will prepare graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to:

  • Reliably perform the role of the PA and meet the demands of an expanding local, national, and global health care environment.
  • Provide health care services to all persons regardless of race, culture, spiritual beliefs, gender, or socioeconomic status while contributing to the advancement of knowledge in their discipline and in medicine.

The curriculum is being designed to imaginatively blend critical thinking and intellectual inquiry with a practical need for innovation, skill, and knowledge within professional disciplines.

The innovative course of study includes an integrated set of educational experiences that focus on:

  1. Core Medical Sciences
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Cultural Values
  4. Public Policy Issues
  5. Research applicable to the needs of the PA profession
  6. Service Learning Opportunities

The Didactic Phase of the program will take place over 4 semesters of graduate level academic coursework.  The curriculum will be structured around active-learning strategies, practical lab sessions, simulated case presentations, problem-based learning sessions, and off-campus clinical interaction.

The Clinical Phase will take place during the second year and will span a total of 12 months. Students will participate in supervised clinical rotations during which time they will participate in the evaluation and management of patients in a wide variety of clinical areas.  Students are not required to supply their own clinical sites or preceptors. In addition, all students will be required to produce a research project during their clinical year.

Mission

The mission of the High Point University Physician Assistant Studies program is to deliver a student-centered, experiential curriculum grounded in high academic and ethical standards.  The program strives to develop compassionate physician assistants who are self-directed lifelong learners prepared to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care as members of an interprofessional health care team.

Vision

The vision of the High Point University Physician Assistant Studies Program is to be a national leader in Physician Assistant education recognized for excellence in curriculum innovation, scholarship, community engagement and research.

Program Goals

  1. Recruit highly qualified applicants.
  2. Develop, implement, and maintain a program with a curriculum designed to ensure that all graduates possess the requisite knowledge and skills for entry to PA practice.
  3. Prepare and graduate physician assistants in a generalist model with an emphasis on primary care with the ability to practice in a variety of health care settings and disciplines to meet current and future workforce needs.
  4. Educate graduate students who are able to identify and incorporate best practices related to the delivery of cost-conscious, patient-centered, evidence-based care and disseminate the best practices to a community of their peers through appraisal of the literature and professional writing.
  5. Engage faculty, staff, and students in active and on-going professional or local community engagement activities.

Program Learning Outcomes

High Point University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to demonstrate entry-level proficiency in the following program learning outcomes.

  1. Perform focused histories and physicals on patients across the life span and in a variety of health care delivery settings. (P)
  2. Formulate a differential diagnosis based upon the patient history and physical exam and recommend the proper diagnostic studies. (C)
  3. Diagnose common medical and behavioral problems likely to be seen in a primary care setting. (C)
  4. Diagnose potentially life- or function-threatening medical and behavioral problems likely to be seen in a primary care setting. (C)
  5. Develop, implement and monitor management plans for emergent, acute, chronic or ongoing conditions including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches, surgery, counseling, therapeutic procedures and/or rehabilitative therapies. (C)
  6. Accurately and concisely communicate the findings of a given patient encounter in written and oral forms to all members of the health care team. (P)
  7. Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy regarding the emotional, cultural and socioeconomic aspects of the patient, the patient’s condition and the patient’s family. (A)
  8. Communicate in a patient-centered and culturally responsive manner to accurately obtain, interpret and utilize subjective information and construct a patient-centered management plan. (A)
  9. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems. (A)
  10. In all encounters, demonstrate professional behavior to the highest ethical and legal standards by recognizing professional limitations, then consulting with other health care providers and/or directing patients to appropriate community resources, as needed. (A)
  11. Critically evaluate the medical literature in order to use current practice guidelines and apply the principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care. (C)
  12. Educate patients in health promotion and disease prevention and demonstrate a working knowledge of all tiers of preventive medicine in patient interactions. (P)
  13. Perform clinical procedures common to primary care, including: strep testing, urinalysis, collection of culture specimens, injections, wound/burn dressings, venipuncture, blood specimen processing for hematocrit evaluation, evaluating peripheral smears, reading EKGs, evaluating pulmonary function tests, reading chest and skeletal x-rays, performing pelvic exams and PAP smears, starting IVs, splinting and casting, joint aspiration, interpretation of EEG reports and laceration repair. (P)
                   (C)ognitive            (A)ffective           (P)sychomotor

NCCPA PANCE Pass Rate

The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) is a computer-based, multiple-choice test that assesses medical and surgical knowledge. This examination must be successfully passed in order for graduates to become eligible for licensure. Because the HPU PA Program is a developing program, no data is yet available. Data for the first graduating class will become available and be published in 2018.

Accreditation

The High Point University Physician Assistant Studies Program has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Pending provisional accreditation in September 2014, HPU anticipates commencing the PA program in June 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.


Come Visit Us!

For information, please call Carene Kelsey, Norcross Graduate School Health Professions Recruiter, at (336) 841-9527.

Department of Physician Assistant Studies 833 Montlieu Ave
High Point, NC 27262

(336) 841-9504 (V)
(336) 888-5034 (F)

To find our building, point your GPS to:
1030 Mall Loop Rd, High Point

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The Physician Assistant Studies Program at HPU

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ARC-PA Accreditation

The High Point University Physician Assistant Studies Program has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Pending provisional accreditation in September 2014, HPU anticipates commencing the PA program in June 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.
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