The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Blue Cross Blue Shield are collaborating to create a master’s degree program for military veteran medics. Currently in its early stages, the program is being created with input from the United States Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.
The curriculum for the proposed two-year physician assistant master’s degree program plans to build on the medical training and experience Special Forces Medical Sergeants receive during their service. It will give veterans the opportunity to transfer their experience into the health care system at home. Blue Cross pledged $1.2 million over the next four years to help UNC plan curriculum, hire staff, and establish scholarships. Training will focus on primary care for the underserved communities in North Carolina. The program is pending approval by the UNC Board of Governors, and plans to enroll its first class of student veterans in 2015.