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PA Program Overview

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. 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, staff, and students in active and on-going professional, scholarly, and 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 ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the High Point University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by High Point University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.


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

For More Information

For information about your application,
or to inquire about a visit,
please contact:

Ms. Carene Kelsey
Graduate Admissions
Health Professions Recruiter
ckelsey@highpoint.edu
(336) 841-9527
(336) 841-9024 (Fax)

Contact Us

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

(336) 841-9504
(336) 888-6318 (Fax)



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ARC-PA Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the High Point University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by High Point University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.