North Carolina A&T State University to Debut a Physician’s Assistant Degree Program

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences will soon be home to a new physician assistant studies master’s degree program, after the university’s proposal was approved by University of North Carolina System Board of Governors.

Market demand is significant: Employment for physician assistants is projected to grow by 28 percent from 2021 to 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also projects about 12,800 job openings each year over the same span.

Nationwide, African Americans are 7.4 percent of all physician assistants. In North Carolina, where Blacks make up 22 percent of the state’s population, African Americans are just 4.5 percent of all physician assistants.

“We have put significant time, effort, and resources into the development of this important medical program, and I am delighted that the work has earned full approval of the Board of Governors,” said Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of  North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. “This program represents a major opportunity for our Hairston College – already the largest of our colleges – to make a significant impact on the health care profession in the Piedmont Triad and across North Carolina.”

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Three African Americans Appointed to New Academic Positions

Leon Prieto, Kofi Afrifah, and Andrea Moore have been appointed to new academic positions at Clayton University, Bowie State University, and Savannah State University, respectively.

Historic HBCU Landmark Revitalized Through National Park Service Grant

Through three restoration grants totaling $2 million, the Rosenwald Practice School and Principal House will be fully restored, becoming the new home for the Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Institute.

Five Black Leaders Appointed to Administrative Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of African American who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@JBHE.com.

North Carolina A&T University Establishes Research Partnership with Collins Aerospace

“There are direct relations to the research we do in the College of Engineering and the mission purpose of Collins Aerospace,” said Stephanie Luster-Teasley, interim dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. “Being able to partner with Collins really gives our students the opportunities for hands-on research at each level – undergraduate and graduate.”

Featured Jobs