• Spring 2014: Application Opens (CASPA)
• Fall 2014: Admission Interviews
• Spring 2015: Admission Decisions
• June 2015: Inaugural Class Enrolls
The High Point University PA program anticipates participation in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) beginning on April 17, 2014. Pending successful accreditation-provisional approval the founding Class of 2017 will begin studies in June of 2015. All applicants applying for the Founding Class of 2017 (entering June 2015) will apply online using the CASPA application.
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.
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.
Carene Kelsey is the PA graduate staff liaison. If you would like to tour campus or have general admission questions, you may call Carene at 336.841.9527 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Applicants are considered for on-campus interview based on the following aspects identified within their CASPA application:
Admissions Requirements Miscellaneous:
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 27 month PA Program course of study is divided into a 15 month didactic phase and a 12 month clinical phase. The clinical phase also includes an evidence-based Master’s project. Self-directed learning is a key component of the curriculum. Subsequently, direct contact hours are limited to approximately 25 hours per week during the didactic phase. Student-led team-based learning will comprise a substantial portion of the remaining scheduled class hours in the program.
The didactic phase of the program is an intensively integrated course of study. While there are a series of individual courses that students must take, the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed are interwoven throughout all parts of the curriculum. The didactic phase centers around “Clinical Decision Making”, a series of courses taught using an organ system approach through the lifespan and illustrating the standards of care across the gamut of health care delivery venues. Interactive lecture and small group formats are used to deliver the curriculum, highlighted by distinct experiential activities including problem-based learning, clinical simulation, standardized patients and early clinical patient-care experiences. The “Clinical Decision Making” series is supported by courses in Pathophysiology, Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapeutics, Evidence-based Medicine, History and Physical Examination and Clinical Methods and Procedures.
During the clinical year, students experience seven five-week rotations in family medicine, inpatient medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, women’s health and behavioral medicine. Students will further be able to explore additional clinical interests by taking two electives in other areas or sub-specialties of medicine, as available. Students meet at the end of each rotation to discuss and present experiences in seminar format.
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 and is a convenient way for students to determine their investments accurately. The comprehensive fee structure for billing will include all tuition and fees. Non-refundable fees include the technology $160/semester, parking $57.50/semester, and Graduate Student Association of $5 based on the 2014-15 fee schedule). The comprehensive fee does not include books or specific course fees.
Estimated tuition and fees (2015-16 academic year) – $30,000
Estimated total for entire program – $71,000
Additional estimated costs associated with attendance include:
|Fee Description||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Housing and Utilities||12000||12000||4000|
|*Books, Supplies and Equipment||4000||1600||200|
|Student Loan Fees||1800||1800||600|
|Student Medical Insurance||2800||2800||900|
|Total Annual Living Expenses||31600||29200||9033|
*Includes program-related expenses related to maintaining a functional laptop computer and obtaining necessary criminal background checks and drug screenings required for enrollment and completion of supervised clinical practice experiences.
Payment: Payment of all tuition and fees is due at the beginning of each term of enrollment.*Includes program-related expenses related to maintaining a functional laptop computer and obtaining necessary criminal background checks and drug screenings required for enrollment and completion of supervised clinical practice experiences.
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.