UNC-Chapel Hill to roll out new PA program for veterans

To help troops with medical experience find jobs, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is launching next week a physician assistant program targeted toward veterans, according to WFAE radio.

As the U.S. withdraws troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, more veterans are returning home with medical experience, but no credentials, making it difficult to secure jobs, according to the report.

The two-year UNC program's first class has 20 students, many of whom are veterans and already have some medical experience. The program is aimed to accommodate that and help fill in gaps in training, according to the report.

The launch of the program is sponsored by a $1.2 million donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, which will also be used for scholarships, according to the report.


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