Campbell PA Program Begins

A new program that began Monday may help to ease a predicted shortage of primary care providers in North Carolina over the next ten years. Thirty-four students are enrolled in the charter class of Campbell University’s Master of Physician Assistant Program, which runs 28 months. The program began as the University works on yet another program, a proposed School of Osteopathic Medicine, scheduled to open in 2013.

“Our program will recruit students from underserved areas and disadvantaged backgrounds and prepare them to provide excellent primary care to their populations by returning to those areas of need,” said Tom Colletti, director of the PA program. “Our feasibility study for the program revealed that in the state, there is a 10-to-1 applicant-to-graduate ratio, indicating a high demand for students who want to become physician assistants.”

The PA program begins as Campbell celebrates the 25th anniversary of its College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The School of Pharmacy was the first new pharmacy program to open in the United States in more than 35 years, when it was established in 1986.

Click here to read more about the Campbell PA program, which expects to have 68 students enrolled by the next academic year.


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