The following information was developed as a resource for students interested in pursuing a degree in Master of Physician Assistant Studies. To learn more about the program, please visit the Physician Assistant website.

If you would like to tour campus or have general admission questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (336) 841-9198 or email gradadmit@highpoint.edu.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the High Point University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by High Point University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Degree: Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

Admission Terms:

The HPU Physician Assistant Studies program will begin each June and will span 27 months over 7 continuous semesters.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are considered for on-campus interview based on the following aspects identified within their CASPA application:

  1. Prerequisite Coursework
  2. Grade Point Averages (GPA)
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores*
  4. Health Care Experience
  5. References
  6. Bachelor’s Degree Requirement**
  7. Ability to perform the program required Technical Standards 

*The GRE must have been taken within the past five years. For the 2016-17 admissions cycle, the GRE must have been taken after 1/1/2012 and before 9/1/2016. The Educational Testing Service only keeps scores for five years.  High Point University’s CASPA GRE Designated Institution Code, 7291, should be used to report scores.

**Applicants must provide evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree from a United States regionally accredited college or university prior to enrollment.

International Applicants

International applicants must certify they have adequate and available funds to maintain and support their stay in the United States for the purpose of earning a Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree at High Point University.

International Applicants must adhere to the requirements for International admissions. Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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.

Visit the Physician Assistant Curriculum page for more detailed information.

Cost of Attendance

The comprehensive fee schedule for the HPU PA Program is set annually. The comprehensive fee is a convenient way for students to determine their investments accurately. The comprehensive fee structure for billing will include all tuition and University fees. The comprehensive fee does not include books or course-specific fees.  Tuition and Fees for the program can be found here.

Cost of Attendance amounts were developed to establish maximum financial aid allowances for typical students. Students are highly encouraged to establish a budget, reduce expenditures, and borrow via student loans in incremental amounts to help limit their educational debt.

** Includes program-related expenses associated with maintaining a functional laptop computer and obtaining necessary criminal background checks and drug screenings required for enrollment and completion of supervised clinical practice experiences.


Financial Aid

Many HPU PA students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for student loans to support their graduate education (School Code 002933). Information about these loans is available in the Office of Student Financial Planning. If you have specific questions, please contact Cana Hill, Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Graduate Students by phone at (336) 841-9289 or by email at chill1@highpoint.edu.


Payment

Payment of all tuition and fees is due at the beginning of each term of enrollment.


Application Fee

For each application cycle prospective candidates must pay or obtain a waiver for the CASPA application fee and the program designation fee. These fees and policies regarding payment and refund are set by CASPA. Additional information is available on their website.


Enrollment Deposit

All applicants accepted into the program will be charged a $1000 nonrefundable deposit to hold their seat. This money will be applied toward their first semester comprehensive fee upon matriculation.