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 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Physician Assistant Program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for a proposed Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Physician Assistant Program anticipates matriculating its first class in January of 2016, pending receipt of Accreditation – Provisional by the ARC-PA  commission meeting scheduled for September of 2015. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status for a new physician assistant program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its initial accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received.

The UNC Physician Assistant Program is  complying with The Academic Program Development Procedures of  the UNC General Administration for developing a new graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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