Jan. 11, 2019
As part of its mission to provide a quality education to North Carolinians of all backgrounds, the University is expanding its partnership with the state’s community colleges, bringing its Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program to...Read More
July 24, 2018
Mary Sue Coleman ’69 (PhD), a national leader in higher education and president of the Association of American Universities, returns to campus in late November to discuss “The Educated Citizenry: An Endangered Species?” Coleman will...Read More
The University’s new physician assistant program got underway this semester with an entering class of 20 — nine of them military veterans.
The program was started in response to two needs: a persistent shortage of medical professionals in certain parts of North Carolina, and what the program calls an “untapped talent pool” of veterans who have some medical training.
Planning began in 2009 with an agreement signed by UNC and the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, and initial funding came from a $1.2 million commitment from Blue Cross and Blue Shield; the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust added $1 million last year.
Where veterans are concerned, the program is designed to build on the medical experience and training that Special Forces medical sergeants receive during their service and provide opportunities for veterans who want to transfer their skills into the health care system.