PA Program awarded continuing accreditation

Wingate, N.C. - Wingate University's Department of Physician Assistant Studies has received a clean bill of health from the Accreditation Review Committee of Physician Assistants (ARC-PA). The continuing accreditation status awarded enables the University to apply for additional seats in the program through 2014.

Gary Uremovich, who directs the Wingate program, has seen a steady flow of applications since the program opened its doors three years ago. This past year he received 1,044 applications for the 20 available seats. That number could increase to as many as 50 students per class by 2013, according to Uremovich. “We are delighted to have demonstrated that we are a quality program whose foundation is team-based and relationship-centered," said Uremovich. "Wingate University and the surrounding medical community can be very proud of this achievement."

Located on the University's main campus in Wingate, the PA program has extended its reach across the region with over 200 local hospitals and clinics serving as preceptor sites. Students work side-by-side with local doctors and PAs at these sites to gain valuable hands-on clinical experience. Each student must complete over 2,000 hours of clinical practice.

Students are also required to volunteer at local free clinics, orphanages, United Way agencies and other non-profits. The Wingate PA students last year volunteered 1,800 hours of community service, which included a trip to Haiti to help with earthquake victims.

The PA students are kicking off fund-raising activities during National PA Week, Oct. 6-12, to support a return trip to Haiti in December with Bless Back Worldwide.

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The university offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, seven pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.
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Jennifer Gaskins