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1 WINGATE UNIVERSITY Harris Department of Physician Assistant Studies

2 WINGATE UNIVERSITY Harris Department of Physician Assistant Studies Inaugural class admitted 2008; graduated 2010 Accredited by ARC-PA in September 2010

3 The PA Program and School of Pharmacy housed in the Levine College of Health Sciences

4 PA Program is 27 continuous months, 7 semesters; first 3 semesters are didactic; last 4 are clinical rotations (10) and coursework.

5 Full-time program, Monday-Friday; didactic year courses delivered on the main campus First 3 semesters on campus in the classroom Last 4 semesters 10 five-week clinical rotations and classes Total 113 credit hours to earn Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree (MPAS)

6 Applications received through CASPA with a rolling admissions process

7 What is a Physician Assistant? Health care professional who practices medicine as a member of a team with their supervising physician Within the physician-pa relationship, PAs exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services Credentialed by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and state licensed

8 Comprehensive Responsibilities PAs conduct physical exams Diagnose and treat illnesses Order and interpret tests Counsel on preventive health care Assist in surgery Write prescriptions

9 PA HISTORY In the mid 1960 s physicians and educators recognized a shortage of primary care providers in the US Dr Eugene Stead of Duke University Medical Center initiated the first PA program with ex-military corpsmen The first class graduated on October 1, 1967 Today there are approximately 80,000 practicing PA s in the US and over 145 PA programs

10 While PA s practice in over 60 specialty fields, 37% practice in one of the following primary care areas Family/General Medicine General Internal Medicine General Pediatrics Obstetrics and Gynecology

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12 Emergency Medicine Orthopedics General Surgery Surgical subspecialties Dermatology Other Specialties Where PAs Practice

13 Certification Graduate from an accredited PA Program Pass the National Certification exam and re-test every 6 years Maintain 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every 2 years. Follow licensing rules in the state in which the PA practices

14 Who are we? Wingate University s Harris Department of Physician Assistant Studies graduated its inaugural class in We are small, focused program with a diverse student population. Students have ranged in age from and they have come to us from all over the US and from as far away as Germany and Iran. Each faculty and staff member is committed to knowing and interacting with each of our students. We are accredited by the ARC-PA.

15 Where are we? Our main campus is located in Wingate NC approximately 30 miles east of Charlotte. Clinical rotations for students are primarily in the Charlotte area but are also located in a variety of suburban and rural locations nearby

16 Graduates will become integral partners and role models in the health care community, continuously striving for excellence in their professional endeavors while compassionately providing for the health care needs of those they serve.

17 2012 ADMISSION SUMMARY APPLICATIONS 495 QUALIFIED APPLICANTS 155 INTERVIEWED 70

18 SUMMARY OF Admission Requirements Hold US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status Earn a degree in the US Complete and submit an online application through CASPA Complete the GRE and submit scores Complete prerequisite courses achieving a 3.2 GPA on sciences Submit a letter of reference from a provider (MD, DO, PA or NP) Complete 500 hours of direct patient contact

19 CLASS OF 2011

20 Educational Format 27 months, 7 semester, year-round curriculum leading to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree Based on the Medical School Model Intensive didactic education along with development of skills, followed by supervised clinical practice Curriculum divided into didactic component for the first 3 semesters and clinical for the last 4 semesters Graduates must pass the PA National Certification Examination (PANCE) at the end of their education

21 Basic Sciences Pharmacology I, II, III Clinical Anatomy Pathophysiology I, II Clinical Genetics Research, Epidemiology and Statistics Introduction to the Profession Didactic Year Clinical Sciences Clinical Medicine I, II, III Patient Assessment I, II Health Care Issues I, II Emergency Medicine Pediatrics Women s Health Medical and Surgical Procedures Geriatrics

22 Clinical Rotations Psychiatry/Behavioral Health General Surgery Women s Health Emergency Medicine Elective Rotation I, II Ambulatory Medicine I, II Internal Medicine (in hospital) Pediatrics

23 MORE INFORMATION Marie Cook Irving Admissions and Compliance Officer Wingate University PA Program PO Box 159 Wingate, NC pa.wingate.edu fax

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