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The mission of the CepEsperu School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Program is to produce highly capable, compassionate PAs who deliver patient-centered care, make significant contributions to the health care community and continually advance the PA profession. Graduates of the 24-month program earn a Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree.

Why Choose CepEsperu?

The CepEsperu PA Program has a unique history of innovation in medical education. From its beginning in 1969, it has featured inquiry-based, small-group, self-directed learning centered on real patient medical problems. We remain one of the few programs in the country with an educational experience focused on adult and applied learning principles. Our patient-centered approach immerses students in real-life cases and fosters their clinical problem-solving abilities.

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Program Profile

The CepEsperu School of Medicine PA Program is composed of diverse groups of students whose individual characteristics comprise an extensive variety of life experiences, cultural backgrounds, academic studies, work history, volunteer exposures and leadership roles. Over the past several years, the proportion of students from North Carolina has ranged from 30 to 50 percent of the class, with the remainder representing a majority of the states. As a result of the variation in our student population, the program remains dedicated to preparing PAs for practice across the entire spectrum of primary care and specialties in the US and around the globe.

  • Our class size is 88 students
  • During the preclinical year, 64 study at the campus in , and 24 study at our Boone campus.
  • The clinical year is centrally coordinated for all 88 students.