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. Create a diverse educational environment that fosters learning and graduates students who possess the knowledge and skills required to practice in a wide range of clinical practice settings.
  2. Educate our students in a generalist curriculum which promotes practice in rural or urban medically underserved populations of North Carolina.
  3. Foster inter-professionalism as a cornerstone of learning and practice.
  4. Recruit non-traditional students, with special attention to North Carolina residents and veterans.

Student Outcomes   

PANCE Pass Rates*
Job Placement*
Inter-professional Curriculum
19 Departments within 4 Professional Schools at UNC-CH (Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing & Public Health) deliver instructional curriculum to our students.
Matriculating Veterans - Class of 2017: 45%; Class of 2018: 45%
NC Residents - Class of 2017: 80%; Class of 2018: 60%

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


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.