Physician Assistant Studies
ABOUT THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES
PLEASE NOTE: The Lenoir-Rhyne University PA Program is not accepting any new students for enrollment.
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)
ACCREDITATION STATUS: ARC-PA has accepted the voluntary withdrawal of the Lenoir-Rhyne University PA Program from the ARC-PA accreditation process. Effective May 10, 2021, ARC-PA shall withdraw accreditation from the Lenoir-Rhyne University PA Program. Subject to fulfillment of all requirements imposed by the ARC-PA, the Lenoir-Rhyne University PA Program will remain accredited on probation through May 10, 2021. The Lenoir-Rhyne University PA Program will not accept any new students for enrollment. Specific questions regarding the Lenoir-Rhyne University PA Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director, Professor Wesley Reid.
To see Lenoir-Rhyne's accreditation history visit the ARC-PA website.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES (MSPAS) PROGRAM
Please contact us at LRUPhysician.AssistantProgram@lr.edu if you have additional questions about the Physician Assistant Studies Program.
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.