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.
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.
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 deadline each year is October 1 for the upcoming January cohort. The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications and inviting applicants for interviews in June and will continue until the class is filled. Interviews are a requirement for admission. Approximately 150 of the most qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview with the PA faculty.
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. There are no Pass Rate scores available at this time. The program matriculated its first cohort in the spring of 2016 after the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) granted provisional accreditation at its September 2015 commission meeting.