Congdon School of Health Sciences
Physician Assistant

Standardized Patients

The High Point University Physician Assistant Program is looking for individuals to be standardized patients (SP) to help train our physician assistant (PA) students. Standardized patients are people who play the role of a patient. PA students will practice their history taking skills, physical examination skills, and communication skills using real people like you! Standardized patients can be experienced actors, students, business people, or retired, with no acting experience.


The PA faculty will create a medical scenario for each case. As an SP, you will be given a medical history and details about your simulated life, such as occupation, marital status, and hobbies.

During an interaction with a student, the SP may:

  • Answer questions by the student regarding the illness
  • Undergo a limited physical examination
  • Assist students in developing their communication and clinical skills
  • Assist students in working through difficult emotional situations in a safe environment

SPs are paid an hourly stipend, and most sessions run from two to four hours.

We are looking for men and women of all ages, physical types, and backgrounds to represent the various types of patients they will be portraying.

If you are interested in participating as a Standardized Patient, please fill out the survey at the following link: SP Survey

We will be in contact with you when there are opportunities. To learn more about being a standardized patient, contact Professor Toni Jackson at

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

Contact Us

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

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

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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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