Today kicks off National Physician Assistant Week!



The NCMS is happy to recognize and thank our dedicated Physician Assistants who contribute so much to keeping North Carolina healthy. Thank you for working side-by-side with other healthcare professionals to provide high-quality patient care across the state. We appreciate your hard work!

PA Profession Fun Facts:

  • The PA profession began in North Carolina!
  • There are eleven PA programs in North Carolina.
  • Dr. Eugene Stead of the Duke University Medical Center put together the first class of PA students in 1965.
  • In 1967, the first three PA students graduate from the 2-year Duke PA Program
  • In 2016, there were 5,602 active, licensed PAs practicing in NC (1). Today, there are currently over 9,000 certified PAs living and/or practicing in North Carolina (2)

Honor a PA today by giving the gift of NCMS Membership!