UNC-Chapel Hill Starts Physician Assistant Program With Military Veterans In Mind
Dec. 30, 2015--Next week, UNC-Chapel Hill is launching a physician assistant program largely designed for military veterans. As the U.S. military’s drawdown plays out in a big way in North Carolina, the idea is to help troops with medical training turn their experience into jobs – and better health care.
Dave Manning provided medical support during two combat deployments in Iraq. He’s also been the sole medical provider on a Navy ship with more than 100 people. And yet after 20 years of service, "nothing I’ve done really translates over beyond basic EMT," he says.
"Trying to find something in the medical field without any credentials, without any licensure is tough," he continues. "There’s nothing out there."
UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of Allied Health Sciences is home to the university's physician assistant program. Classes begin the week of Jan. 11. Learn more about the PA program, including how to apply, here.