Mission and Goals

The mission of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Physician Assistant (PA) program is to promote high-quality, accessible, patient-centered health care for the people of North Carolina and the nation through excellence in education, scholarship, and clinical service. The UNC PA program is committed to the health care and workforce needs of North Carolinians and will use an inter-professional approach to prepare skilled and compassionate health care practitioners across the continuum of life.


  1. To produce didactically and clinically competent and contextually sensitive Physician Assistants by providing an educational environment that fosters learning and prepares students for a range of clinical practice settings.
  2. To prepare generalist PA students for practice settings in rural or urban medically underserved areas through emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, cultural competency, and primary care.
  3. To develop and promote an interdisciplinary orientation to health care delivery.
  4. To provide educational and training opportunities for non-traditional students, with attention to all veterans especially those who have served in medical military settings such as the special forces medics, for careers in medically underserved areas.


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Physician Assistant Program sponsored by University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

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. Accreditation - Provisional is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Accreditation-provisional remains in effect until the program achieves accreditation-continued after its third review, closes or withdraws from the accreditation process, or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.

Student Outcomes:   Data is not currently available but will be posted as results are obtained from subsequent graduating classes.

  1. PANCE Pass Rates
  2. Job Placement
  3. Job Placement in Primary Care and Underserved Areas
  4. Matriculating Veterans