Physician Assistant Program Information

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Physician Assistant Program Overview

The College of Allied Health is home to the Physician Assistant Medicine program at North Greenville University. Our professional degree program is intended to prepare students academically and professionally for responsibilities and services as a PA.

  • The ideal NGU candidate is well-rounded demonstrating excellent grades, hands-on patient care experience, an outstanding and altruistic commitment to service and volunteerism, a passion for medicine and the PA profession, and desire to serve as a primary care practitioner in a medically underserved area.
  • All NGU PA degree courses must be taken as part of the PA cohort and no advanced placement options are available. All students who matriculate into the PA program must complete all program requirements.
  • This entry-level master’s degree program consists of 131 semester hours divided into three phases that span 24 consecutive months. The Didactic Phase represents the preclinical year and spans 12 months. The Clinical Phase represents the clinical year and consists of 11 months of supervised clinical education and coursework. The Summative Phase is 1 month in duration and represents the final stage of training.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree and be eligible to sit for the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE).
  • The NGU PA Medicine program will matriculate 30 students annually.

What Is a PA?

From the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). 

PA Program Information

Information Sessions

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PA Mission

Develop well-informed and compassionate PAs who provide patient-centered and service-oriented medical care in diverse environments.

PA Vision

Transform health care for the benefit of the people and communities.

PA Core Values

The Physician Assistant Degree Program embraces the following core values:

  • Core Value 1 – Compassion
  • Core Value 2 – Service
  • Core Value 3 – Leadership
  • Core Value 4 – Up to Date Medical Knowledge

PA Goals

The Physician Assistant Degree Program program affirms its core values as essential to fulfilling the program mission statement and is committed to the institutional values as statements of its culture and environment. With this in mind, the Department of PA Medicine supports the following goals:

  • Goal 1 – PA employment as a primary care provider
  • Goal 2 – PA employment in the Upstate and other regions of South Carolina
  • Goal 3 – PA employment in underserved populations and areas
  • Goal 4 – PA volunteerism in community-sponsored organizations such as free medical clinics, search and rescue teams, emergency response groups, and fire departments
  • Goal 5 – PA volunteerism in medical mission work at a national and international level

“I’m a PA.” What all does that mean?

Contact/Location Information

405 Lancaster Avenue
Greer, S.C. 29650

For information and questions about admission into the PA Medicine program, email us.

Stay connected with fellow PA students and alumni!

Serve Beside Experienced & Faithful Medical Professionals

Jordan Hairr, EdD, MSPAS, PA-C
Dean, College of Allied Health Professions
Jody Dix, BA
Program Secretary, PA Medicine
Cathleen Ciesielski, PhD
Program Director, Biomedical Sciences
Dorinda Brown, BS
Clinical and Budget Coordinator, PA Medicine
Kaye Rickman, MMS, PA-C
Program Director, PA Medicine
Joanie Kendall, MMS, PA-C
Assistant Professor
Kelcye Richards, MMS, PA-C
Associate Professor, PA Medicine
Allison Simon, MSPAS, PA-C
Principal Faculty, Physician Assistant
Martin Price, MMS, PA-C
Assistant Professor, PA Medicine
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