Congdon School of Health Sciences
Physician Assistant

Advisory Board

Program Advisory Board Members

Mark Banks, PA-C
Mark G. Banks, PA-C

Robert Bednar, PA-C
Robert Bednar, MHS, PA-C, EMT-P


William Stein, PA-C
William Stein, PA-C

David Talbot, MD
David Talbot, MD


Ex-Officio Member
Linda Sekhon, DHSc, PA-C
Founding Chair, HPU Physician Assistant Studies Program

Advisory Board Administrative Guidelines

I. Purpose

The establishment of the Physician Assistant Studies Advisory Board provides a means for increase communication between the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and local health care leaders of the community with the intent to improve the learning environment for students and afford a more informed view of the community for academic personnel.  Board members provide a connection to potential employment opportunities for graduates and to potential research and service opportunities for the faculty.

The Advisory Board promotes the regular exchange of information and ideas.  The Department of Physician Assistant Studies will benefit from community input on curriculum, procedural and technological development, community needs and resources, and employment, research and funding opportunities.

The primary function of the Physician Assistant Studies Advisory Board is to advise and assist physician assistant educators regarding program promotion, curriculum, job placement and program evaluation.


II. Composition

The Physician Assistant Studies Advisory Board is composed for the most part by non-educators who posses experience and knowledge of the physician assistant profession.  The Chair for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies serves as an ex-officio member of the group.  Membership will normally be not fewer than 8 members.  Qualifications to be considered in appointing Board members are experience, availability, character and the extent to which the proposed Board member is representative of the community.


III. Terms

Terms for Board members should not exceed two years.  Members may serve two (2) consecutive terms.  A member who has served two consecutive terms will normally leave the Board for one year before being eligible once again for appointment.


IV. Procedures for Appointment

  1. The Department Chair (in consultation with the Dean, when appropriate) determines the composition of the Advisory Board (number of members, terms of service etc.) and conducts a search for potential members.
  2. The Department Chair makes recommendations to the Dean of Health Sciences for final approval.


V. Organization

A date, time and location will be established for the first meeting, which will be chaired by the Department of Physician Assistant Studies Chair.  Upon appointment, each Board member will receive the names, titles, and contact information of all Board members and a written explanation defining the purpose of the Advisory Board and outlining the duties and responsibilities of its members and the agenda for the first meeting.

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies Chair, in consultation with the Advisory Board members, will appoint the Advisory Board Chair.   The chair will serve a two-year term.  The Advisory Board shall determine the dates, times and locations of their meetings.  An agenda and minutes shall be prepared for each meeting and the Advisory Board shall submit a brief report of it annual activities to the Department of Physician Assistant Studies Chair, as appropriate.

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
(336) 841-9198
(336) 841-9024 (Fax)

The Physician Assistant Studies Program at HPU

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Department of Physician Assistant Studies
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High Point, NC 27268

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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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