Best Physician Assistant colleges in North Carolina 2022

Best Physician Assistant colleges in North Carolina for 2022

Duke University
Durham, NC

Often mentioned alongside the Ivy League schools, Duke is renowned for its commitment to academic excellence. With a $12.7 billion endowment, the school features world-class facilities and faculty providing PA students one of the best educational experiences possible. 

Indeed, Duke hails itself as the “birthplace of the PA profession!” The Duke Physician Assistant Program’s Master of Health Sciences lasts 24 months “split between the pre-clinical and clinical phases of the program.” Admission standards are high, as is the competition to get in, but graduates from Duke are well-prepared for some of the best jobs in the industry.

Often hailed as a Public Ivy school, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is home to the School of Medicine's Department of Allied Health Sciences. The department offers a rigorous Master of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies featuring rotations in “Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Emergency Medicine and Surgery as well as Primary Care and two elective rotations.” 

UNC also hosts the student-run Carolina Pre-Physician Assistant Association, which advocates for the “rights, interests, and welfare of students planning to pursue careers as physician assistants.” UNC Online previously offered online programs, but recently announced it is retiring those.

East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

East Carolina University offers 1 Physician Assistant degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 33 Physician Assistant students graduated with students earning 33 Master's degrees.

Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University offers 1 Physician Assistant degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2020, 84 Physician Assistant students graduated with students earning 84 Master's degrees.

List of all Physician Assistant colleges in North Carolina

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Duke University Logo Duke University Durham, NC
5/5
11 : 1 16,172
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
3/5
18 : 1 30,092
East Carolina University Logo East Carolina University Greenville, NC
2/5
24 : 1 28,798
Wake Forest University Logo Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
5/5
14 : 1 8,789