Program Mission

The Elon University Department of Physician Assistant Studies embraces the overall mission of the University and seeks to fulfill the departmental vision of “Learning. Caring. Serving. Leading.” by acting upon these commitments:


We foster a supportive, collaborative and collegial community that engages students in a learner-centered environment, appropriately challenges them to capably demonstrate clinical competence and supports professional development of students and faculty.


We promote dialogue on personal and cultural attributes and are accepting of different values, beliefs and perspectives as a valuable addition to our learning community.

We advance patient care by recognizing our first responsibility is to our patients as we integrate the core competencies of the physician assistant profession including: medical knowledge, interpersonal communication skills, patient care, professionalism and practice- and systems-based learning.

We embrace the health care team approach and believe interprofessional, patient-centered care is achieved through collaboration across health professions’ disciplines and integration of patient or family preferences with the best available health care practices.

Serving and Leading:

We are dedicated to the advancement of the PA profession and continually seek to develop as professionals. We seek to lead change within health delivery systems that improves patient care, eliminates health disparities and adapts to meet the needs of the ever changing health care environment.

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