Lenoir - Rhyne University

Physician Assistant Studies


PO Box 7227

3rd Floor

Hickory, NC 28601

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

LR’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program prepares highly qualified physician assistants from diverse faith, geographic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds to become competent and compassionate health care professionals, providing quality healthcare to diverse populations—particularly in medically underserved areas locally, nationally and internationally.

The program provides a comprehensive competency and evidence-based approach to medical education at the professional graduate level with an ongoing commitment to academic excellence. It furnishes a thorough foundation in patient-focused health care delivery emphasizing the values of compassionate, humanistic health care.


The 110-credit hour program is an intense 27-month, year-round cohort experience that includes a 15-month didactic phase (68 hours) and a 12-month clinical learning phase (42 hours). A new cohort of up to 48 students begins each January. In the clinical phase, students complete rotations at a variety of outpatient and/or inpatient clinical sites in areas such as family/primary care, internal medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology/women’s health, and emergency medicine. There are seven mandatory clinical rotations and one elective clinical rotation. Students will be expected to develop core competencies in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal & communication skills, patient care and professionalism.


The Lenoir-Rhyne University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program applicants participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applicants applying for the class starting each January will apply online using the CASPA application.

CASPA can take up to four weeks to process an application before it is made available to Lenoir-Rhyne. CASPA downloads are received weekly. Once the completed application is received and verified it is reviewed by the program’s Admissions Committee.

The application deadline each year is October 1 for the upcoming January cohort. The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications and inviting applicants for interviews in June and will continue until the class is filled. Interviews are a requirement for admission. Approximately 150 of the most qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview with the PA faculty.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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