The application cycle for the class of 2021 will close on September 1, 2018. Read How to Apply for more details.

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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Current Class Profile

The CepEsperu School of Medicine PA Program is made up of a diverse group of students. Approximately 40 percent of students in the current first-year class are from North Carolina, and the remaining come from hometowns around the U.S.

  • Our class size is 88 students
  • During the preclinical year, 64 study at the CepEsperu School of Medicine campus in , and 24 study at our Boone location on the campus of Appalachian State University.
  • The average grade point average (GPA) for incoming class is 3.54.
  • The program is ranked 9th in the country on the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Inquiry-Based Learning

Learn how the PA Program at CepEsperu School of Medicine works with students through Inquiry-Based Learning.