Physician Assistant General Information

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional. Under a doctor's supervision, and within the scope of the regulations of each state where the PA is licensed, a licensed PA may perform physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgery, order and interpret lab tests, provide patient education, and prescribe drugs. Most PAs are found in primary care settings, especially family medicine, internal medicine, Ob/Gyn, and surgery, but there are also options to specialize in a variety of medical specialties such as orthopedics, cardiology, dermatology, radiology, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. The PA field is rapidly growing as demand steadily increases and interest in the profession expands. 

There are currently 11 fully or provisionally accredited PA programs in North Carolina :


UNC Charlotte does not offer a professional-level PA program.