Francis Center Highlights

Although my office isn’t located in the Francis Center, I’ve spent a lot of time there since the PA program moved in earlier this month. We have hosted 2 interview days for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, met one-on-one with prospective students, and of course had some meetings with the DPT and PA programs.

We are thrilled with how wonderful the building looks, and how much attention went into planning the layout and look of the Francis Center. There are windows and sky lights to let in plenty of natural light, state-of-the-art technology, beautiful artwork on the walls, and of course a functional space that meets the needs of both the DPT and PA programs.

The first floor is largely dedicated to the DPT program. There are several shared spaces, however, that the PA program will use too, including:

  • a state-of-the art anatomy lab,
  • classroom space dedicated to the PA program,
  • a computer lab for student use as well as teaching,
  • a student lounge and commons area,
  • a fitness center, and
  • spacious locker rooms.

The PA program is housed on the second floor. (Take a look at our online photo album). There is a large classroom used primarily for first-year students in the didactic portion of the curriculum and 5 small group rooms with tables, marker boards, and eventually monitors for students to do groupwork. We are especially excited about the simulation suite, which will feature a HARVEY cardiopulmonary patient simulator in one simulation room, and 5 simulation labs complete with tables and equipment to mimic a patient exam room. There is a teaching area with patient tables for instruction, and we will coordinate standardized patients for PA students to practice on. Additionally, there are cameras in each of the simulation rooms so that faculty may observe and evaluate the patient simulations from a video room.

All-in-all, we couldn’t be happier with the Francis Center. We hope you’ll come visit campus and tour the facility first-hand. Our first Open House is scheduled for Saturday March 24, 2012.

Updates for the New Year

Happy New Year from all of us at Elon’s admissions office and PA program! We have come back from the holiday break refreshed, recharged, and ready to keep moving forward. We couldn’t be more pleased with the progress that’s been made so far and we are on track to move full speed ahead. Applications are coming in, and we look forward to hosting our first two interview days later this month. It’s a lot of fun meeting all of you!

In other news, the PA program’s fearless leader, Dr. Archambault, is working hard to put the final touches on the accreditation application (including its many appendices). If you’re planning to visit campus in the next month, you probably won’t be meeting with him… but Drs. Quincy, Ragan, and Duffy are anxious to meet more prospective students! To schedule a visit call our office at 800.334.8448 or 336.278.7600. Alternatively you can email us. We’d love to talk with you, tell you about the program and admissions process, and of course show you the new facility.

We’ve also made an effort to update the website with lots more information, now that we have a set curriculum. Be sure to review our list of PA courses, curriculum schedule, and course descriptions. Also, keep an eye out in the coming weeks for information about our spring Open House, to be held in late March.

We look forward to hearing from you – no question is too small.