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Physician Assistant Studies

ABOUT THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES

LR’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program prepares highly qualified physician assistants from diverse faith, geographic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds to become competent and compassionate health care professionals, providing quality healthcare to diverse populations—particularly in medically underserved areas locally, nationally and internationally.

The program provides a comprehensive competency and evidence-based approach to medical education at the professional graduate level with an ongoing commitment to academic excellence. It furnishes a thorough foundation in patient-focused health care delivery emphasizing the values of compassionate, humanistic health care.

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Lenoir-Rhyne University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne 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.

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
CURRICULAR OPTIONS

The 110-credit hour program is an intense 27-month, year-round cohort experience that includes a 15-month didactic phase (68 hours) and a 12-month clinical learning phase (42 hours). A new cohort of up to 48 students begins each January. In the clinical phase, students complete rotations at a variety of outpatient and/or inpatient clinical sites in areas such as family/primary care, internal medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology/women’s health, and emergency medicine. There are seven mandatory clinical rotations and one elective clinical rotation. Students will be expected to develop core competencies in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal & communication skills, patient care and professionalism.

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS DIDACTIC COURSE INFORMATION CLINICAL INFORMATION

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES (MSPAS) PROGRAM

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program applicants participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applicants applying for the class starting each January will apply online using the CASPA application.

CASPA can take up to four weeks to process an application before it is made available to Lenoir-Rhyne. CASPA downloads are received weekly. Once the completed application is received and verified it is reviewed by the program’s Admissions Committee.

The application cycle is now open for the January 2017 term.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will open on April 27th, 2017 and accept applicants for the January 2018 start class up until September 1st, 2017. These applicants must be in complete or verified status for them to be considered. The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications and inviting applicants for interviews in June and will continue until the class is filled. If your application is received after September 1st, you cannot be considered for the 2018 class.

From September 1st, 2017, any applicant who is in-progress or submitted can be considered by Lenoir-Rhyne University’s January 2019 class up until the March 1st, 2018 cycle deadline close date. If you submit your application before September 1st, but it was not yet complete or verified, you may still be considered for the 2019 class.

Please email LRUphysicianassistantprogram@lr.edu if you have additional questions about admission into the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FAQ
TUITION & FEES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT POLICIES
2017 PA Student Handbook Student Clinical Year Handbook

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES

What is PANCE?

PANCE is the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination. The Lenoir-Rhyne University MSPAS program is a new program. PANCE Pass Rate scores are not yet available. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) granted provisional accreditation in September 2015. The Program matriculated its first cohort in January 2016 and its second cohort in January 2017.

Physician Assistant Accreditation PANCE/PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Program Contact

Dr. Richard Ball

Chair of School of Physician Assistant Studies, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Hickory Campus

Kelly Powell

Program Support Specialist, Physician Assistant Studies
Hickory Campus

Physician Assistant Studies Faculty

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Dr. Richard Ball

Titles: Chair of School of Physician Assistant Studies, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
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School: 828.328.7764

Dr. James Barker

Titles: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
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Gerald Erickson

Titles: Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, Didactic Director of Physician Assistant Studies
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7125

Joseph Fewell

Titles: Adjunct Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7947

Dr. Pamela Jones

Titles: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
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Dr. Joel Miller

Titles: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
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Donna Murray

Titles: Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, Clinical Director of Physician Assistant Studies
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7528

Douglas Nelson

Titles: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
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Kelly Powell

Titles: Program Support Specialist, Physician Assistant Studies
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7129

Dr. Billy Price

Titles: Medical Director of Physician Assistant Studies
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7954
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