Foundational medical knowledge
Crucial field experience with onsite clinics
Blood draws in the lab — lots of practice
Hands-on learning and practice
Serving the community through education

About Us

Program Goals

The Wingate University program is an accredited program. Our faculty strives to meet and surpass these goals:

  • Provide comprehensive didactic instruction aligned with the NCCPA Blueprint.
  • Success in meeting goal:  The PA Program cross-references topics taught in each course in the curriculum with diseases, disorders and medical assessments identified by the NCCPA Blueprint as likely to be encountered by PAs. The process ensures comprehensive instruction across the curriculum.
  • Train clinically competent physician assistants.

Success in meeting goal:

  • The PA Program tracks student progress in acquiring six identified professional competencies to ensure that students are developing the knowledge and skills important to PA practice.
  • Clinical preceptor evaluations of our students revealed average percentage scores of > 91% in the following measures of competency:
    • Medical Knowledge  – 91%
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills  – 95%
    • Patient Care – 93%
    • Professionalism – 97%
    • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement – 93%
    • System-based Practice – 93%

Support a culture of learning and sharing information gained through practice among clinical year students:

  • Two elective rotations in the clinical year provide students with unique opportunities for student learning and practical experience in a medical field of interest which build upon the knowledge and skills gained in the didactic year and in completed required clinical rotations. At the end of the Elective I experience, clinical students present interesting cases, in Grand Rounds format, to program faculty and peers that highlight evolving areas and new trends in medicine.
  • A culminating Capstone Project, requires students to apply knowledge and skills obtained throughout their graduate studies to identify and critically analyze quality improvement initiatives in healthcare aimed at improving the effectiveness and reliability of health processes and outcomes. Students present an oral summation of their Capstone Project to both peers and Wingate PA faculty in their final semester.
  • Maintain first-time PANCE pass rates at or above the national average.

The details

Our mission

“The Wingate University Physician Assistant Program is dedicated to developing educated, productive and ethical physician assistants to serve the healthcare needs of the community in which they practice.”

We also want your experience to be one of active learning. All classes are interactive and students should be prepared to contribute at many levels throughout their time with us. Learning to work in a group dynamic prepares you for organizational and patient situations in your career. We encourage questions and participation now so that you’ll be ready to interact meaningfully in your work.

How we do it

We provide comprehensive didactic instruction that is aligned with NCCPA’s blueprint for each semester. To maintain this, we continually assess and review our curriculum to ensure we meet this goal.

Our training produces clinically competent physician assistants. To ensure this standard, we ask our program preceptors to complete an extensive survey at the end of rotation examinations.

We support a culture of learning and sharing information gained through practice for our clinical year students. We maintain this by assessing the elective rotations, capstone presentations and the interdisciplinary assignments for 8 of 10 required rotations.

We strive to maintain first-time PANCE pass rates at or above the national average for our graduates.

Making the commitment to become a physician assistant is an important decision. Please contact us at to discuss whether it's a fit for you. 


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Wingate University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Wingate University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.