100% of Wingate University’s PA students pass national exam

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Thirty-one students completed the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Wingate University in December 2013. All of the graduates passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam on first attempt. The national average for first time test takers who completed a PA program in 2013 is 94%. Physician Assistants are required to pass the certification exam prior to being licensed by state medical boards.

The inaugural class for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree was admitted in August 2008 and graduated in December 2010. The PA program and School of Pharmacy now occupy the Levine College of Health Sciences on the Wingate University main campus.

Beginning in 2009, Bill and Loretta Harris became strong advocates for the PA program at Wingate University. As a result of their generosity and support, the program is now the William F. and Loretta L. Harris Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

On October 18, 2012, Wingate University announced the approval from The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) to begin the PA Program at the Hendersonville Campus. This highly competitive synchronous distance education PA program entered its first class in August 2013.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past seven years. For more information, go to