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PA Program Overview

What Makes HPU’s PA Program Unique?

High Point University’s PA Program offers an inter-professional, students-first, experiential learning program that will prepare you to be the healthcare provider of the future as it is going to be!

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 PAs 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 PA education recognized for excellence in curriculum innovation, scholarship and community engagement.

Values

As student- focused educators seeking to be role models for what the health care profession should be, we believe our actions should always be cohesive with patient-centric, evidence-based medicine and our core values of:

  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Positivity
  • Respect
  • Tenacity

 Program Overview

The HPU program in Physician Assistant Studies begins each Summer and spans 27 months over 7 continuous semesters.  Part-time or interrupted attendance is not an option, and no online classes are offered.  The program prepares 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 was 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 takes place over 4 semesters of graduate level academic coursework.  The curriculum is structured around active-learning strategies, practical lab sessions, simulated case presentations, problem-based learning sessions, and off-campus clinical interaction.

The Clinical Phase takes place during the second year and spans a total of 12 months. Students take part in supervised clinical rotations during which time they 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 are required to produce a research project during their clinical year.

 

Program Goals

  1. Admit highly qualified applicants.
  2. Deliver a curriculum that ensures that all graduates possess the requisite knowledge and skills for entry to PA practice.
  3. Educate Physician Assistants in a generalist model prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings and disciplines.
  4. Engage faculty and students in active and on-going professional, scholarly, and community engagement activities.

View the attached document to see how the HPU PA program is achieving its program goals.

Success in Achieving Program Goals

Program Learning Outcomes

SUMMARY STATEMENT:
The following program learning outcomes are assessed by High Point University Department of Physician Assistant Studies to ensure graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to demonstrate entry-level competency in providing patient care across the lifespan and in a variety of health care settings. The program summative evaluation, given prior to graduation, is based on these program learning outcomes.

1. Perform comprehensive and problem-focused histories. (P)

2. Perform comprehensive and problem-focused physical exams. (P)

3. Interpret diagnostic study results typical for emergent, acute and chronic medical conditions. (C)

4. Formulate a differential diagnosis based upon patient data. (C)

5. Diagnose common medical and behavioral health conditions. (C)

6. Diagnose potentially life- or function-threatening medical and behavioral health conditions. (C)

7. Develop comprehensive management plans for emergent, acute, and chronic conditions. (C)

8. Accurately and concisely communicate patient encounter findings to other healthcare providers through written documentation and oral presentation. (P)

9. Communicate health care-related information to patients in a patient-centered fashion. (A,P)

10. Demonstrate professional behaviors to the highest ethical and legal standards. (A)

11. Critically evaluate the medical literature, use current practice guidelines, and apply the principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care. (C)

12. Perform clinical procedures common to PA practice. (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. The PANCE Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report for the High Point University PA program is available here.  The PANCE Exam Final Summary report is available here.

For more information on the exam or the NCCPA, visit www.nccpa.net

Student Attrition Information

*Attrition rate calculation:  Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.
**Graduation rate:  Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

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.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website here.

 

The High Point University PA program is proud to partner with Novant Health in the clinical education of future PA providers.  Novant Health is an integrated Healthcare entity of 15 medical centers, greater than 1,600 physicians in over 640 locations.  This contractual relationship establishes a mutual commitment to quality clinical education of PA students by supporting required and elective Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) both now and with future growth.  

NC-SARA

NC-SARA does not deal with professional licensing board approval for any courses or programs leading to professional licensure. If you are not a resident of North Carolina and you are taking an online course or hybrid program leading to professional licensure, High Point University cannot guarantee whether the course or hybrid program meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. High Point University recommends that you consult with the appropriate licensing agency or board in their state or territory—including states participating in NC SARA—prior to beginning their course of study.  For questions about this disclaimer, please contact Dr. Jeff Adams, Vice President for Research and Planning, at 336.841.4581 or jeadams@highpoint.edu.

 


If you would like to visit us, please request a visit with the Graduate Admissions Team.

For Admissions Information

For information about your CASPA application, prerequisites, health care experience, or to inquire about a visit, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
GradAdmit@highpoint.edu
(336) 841-9198
(336) 841-9024 (Fax)

The Physician Assistant Studies Program at HPU

Contact Us

Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Drawer 70
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

(336) 841-9382
(336) 888-6318 (Fax)

PAprogram@highpoint.edu

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ARC-PA 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.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website here.

 

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