N.C. – March 28, 2016 – Two
of Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center‘s School of Medicine programs have earned high scores in
U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Each
ranking is based on a survey of academics at peer institutions.
Assistant (PA) Program at Wake Forest Baptist is ranked as the number nine
program in the country. This is the second year in a row that the program has
been ranked in the top 10.
in 1969, the program’s patient-centered approach immerses students in real-life
cases and fosters their clinical problem-solving abilities. The program is
preparing the next generation of physician assistants to provide quality health
care to wider populations than ever before.
are thrilled to once again be recognized for our efforts in training physician
assistants to provide world-class health care to people all over the world,” said
Hartsell, M.P.A.S., P.A.-C.,
program director for the department of Physician Assistant Studies. “This
recognition helps us attract the most talented students and prepare them for a
dynamic career in the field of medicine.”
class of 64 students is enrolled each year at the Winston-Salem campus, with an
additional 24 students enrolled each year on the distant campus at Appalachian
State University in Boone, N.C.
Anesthesia Program is ranked as the number 10 program in the country. The program
has ranked in the top 10 percent of nurse anesthesia programs for the past
in 1942, the program is the longest continually running nurse anesthesia
program in North Carolina. The program includes a focus on leadership
development, and has produced more presidents of the American Association of
Nurse Anesthetists than any other program in the country.
of the program are prepared to plan, administer, and manage anesthetic delivery
to a wide range of patients and in diverse settings.
program has a long and rich tradition of preparing students to become leaders
in our profession,” said Michael
Rieker, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., program director of Nurse Anesthesia. “Once
again being recognized as a top program is a testament to the outstanding
faculty, resources and mentorship available to students at Wake Forest Baptist.”
two-year Nurse Anesthesia program consists of 48 students with 24 students in
each year’s class.
Forest School of Medicine confers the Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree on
graduates of the PA program and the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree
upon graduates of the NA program.
programs are located in the 525@vine building in Wake Forest Innovation