Concord University’s Master in Physician Assistant Studies Program Continues Development With Both Federal and State Financial Support

ATHENS, WV – Concord University has been approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) and its regional accreditor the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer the Master in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program beginning in the Fall semester of 2025. The program is scheduled for an accreditation visit by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) in August of 2024.

The MPAS program at Concord would not have been possible without the generous support of federal, state, and local officials and friends of the University. Initial funding in the amount of $1,050,000 was secured by Senator Shelley Moore Capito through Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS). Senator Capito secured millions of dollars for West Virginia as part of the federal Fiscal Year 2023 – 2024 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed in spring 2023, which included funding for the MPAS program at the University.

Concord has been able to leverage the one-time federal money to secure a grant for $750,000 through a nonfederal match from the Office of Governor Jim Justice. Together with the CDS funding, the grants will help offset startup expenses of the MPAS program.

The MPAS program will join Concord’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and future health related programs in the newly renovated Wooddell Hall. In addition to the $1.6 million secured for the MPAS startup, to date, more than $4.3 million has been raised for renovations to house the BSN and MPAS programs. The Wooddell Renovation funding includes $1.6 million in CDS funding secured through Senator Joe Manchin and $2.7 million in state funding through the West Virginia Deferred Maintenance funding program for fiscal year 2024. The University continues seeking to raise additional funding for the Wooddell project(s) to address the forecasted growth in the BSN and MPAS programs and to provide space for additional health science programs.

Dr. Jennifer Pack, Program Director, leads development of the MPAS program curriculum and operations. She has expanded the PA team to include three faculty members including Dr. Mark Yost as PA Program Medical Director, Carl Hill as Director of Didactic Education, and Julia Semonco as Director of Clinical Education. In addition, Amy Walker has been hired as Admissions Coordinator, and the department is currently in the hiring process for an Operations Coordinator.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Dr. Kendra Boggess, President of Concord University

In addition to the awards discussed in this release, Concord has active federal, state, and private grants across the University that are impacting hundreds of students, faculty, and staff.

For more information about any of these projects or funding initiatives, please contact Dan Fitzpatrick at 304-384-5276 or

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Nicole Smith, Public Relations Manager
Concord University Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312

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