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Admission to the Duke PA Program is competitive.
The PA Program Curriculum
The first program year is devoted to pre-clinical studies and the remaining year is clinical rotations.
Students in the Duke PA program have a long tradition of taking time out of their busy schedules.
"During the didactic year, typical days consist of lectures from eight to five, with small group activities sprinkled throughout." read more...
Welcome to the Duke PA Program, birthplace of the physician assistant profession. Our web site is your complete source for information about the PA Program and the admissions process.
The Duke Physician Assistant Program’s mission is to educate caring, competent primary care physician assistants who practice evidence-based medicine, are leaders in the profession, dedicated to their communities, culturally sensitive, and devoted to positive transformation of the health care system.
Our goals are to educate physician assistants who:
Have the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and manage primary care problems;
Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other members of the health care team;
Create partnerships with their patients to promote health, prevent disease and positively impact the management of chronic conditions;
Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to social, legal and ethical issues;
Understand the complexity of the health care system and contribute to positive transformation of health care in America;
Relate and respond sensitively to patients and the communities in which they live;
Have the desire and potential to grow personally, socially and professionally;
Enthusiastically pursue lifelong learning;
Contribute to and enrich the PA profession.
Learn more about the experience and interests of our faculty and students, and review detailed information about our curriculum. You'll also find resources for alumni and friends of the Duke PA Program, and PA Division postgraduate and multidisciplinary programs.