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 Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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PA Degree The Physician Assistant master's degree program takes pride in developing leaders who inspire, empower and influence positive change.The mission of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to provide educational experiences which prepare physician assistant graduates to enhance access to primary medical care, with a hope to increase care for the citizens of rural and medically-underserved Eastern North Carolina and beyond. We seek to achieve this mission in an educational community where faculty, staff, clinical instructors, students, and other health care providers work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, compassion, and commitment.
Closer Look

If you are planning to apply to the ECU Physician Assistant Studies program within the next 1-2 years and have questions about the program, you can attend one of our Closer Look sessions. Closer Look is a time to closely examine program requirements and get tips on creating the best application. The sessions are led by members of the admissions committee. These events are held quarterly from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. see below for upcoming sessions.

At this time, the November Closer Look Session is filled to capacity. If you have any questions, please send them to

For prospective applicants who are more than two years from applying, representatives from the ECU PA program can be found at university open house events (see calendar of events here) or for undergraduate and high school groups questions can be directed to Also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for specific information regarding the program.   
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Foster Hunt

Foster Hunt serves veterans through the Navigate Counseling Clinic

Service-learning projects are one of many requirements for first-semester physician assistant studies students in the College of Allied Health Sciences. But when PA student Foster Hunt wasn't compelled by any of the usual sites for the assignment, he forged his own path.

Hunt earned an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in information technology before beginning five years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he worked closely with doctors, medics and Navy corpsmen. After deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he sought more opportunities to work in field medicine and began to consider returning to school in the health sciences.

Read more about Foster Hunt here.

Natalie Smith

PA Studies professor advances urgent care research

A College of Allied Health Sciences’ faculty member in Physician Assistant Studies is prompting emergency department clinicians to thoroughly analyze urinalysis results for the possible diagnosis of serious illnesses.

Natalie Smith, a clinical assistant professor and practicing physician assistant in emergency medicine, was published in the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine after she determined that routine urinalysis results can show an underlying presence of potentially life-threatening diseases.

Read the full story here.


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