Mission, Goals & Outcomes

The School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program is carefully crafted to meet our mission and specific learning goals to help prepare you to pass the certifying examination and be great physician assisstants.  

Mission Statement

The mission of the Touro College Physician Assistant Programs is to educate capable students to meet the challenges of providing health care services under the supervision of a licensed physician. The programs also strive to excel in the education and training of physician assistants who will serve the health care needs of the community with competence, compassion, and dedication. The program curriculum is designed to educate its graduates to function as traditionally-trained primary care providers who are able to provide care to patients in any number of specialties in hospital-based and private office settings, and to prepare graduates with the requisite medical knowledge to pass the national certifying examination. The curriculum is also formulated to sensitize the student to diverse patient populations and the impact of socioeconomic factors on health care and its availability.

Goals and Outcomes

*ratings reported are on a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

  1. Recruit capable applicants for PA education who will provide healthcare services as part of the healthcare team
    1. Average incoming overall and science GPAs 2013-2015 are 3.41 and 3.47 and are within 98.4% of the national averages (3.50 and 3.47) as reported in the PAEA 29th-31st annual reports.
    2. Preceptor evaluation of student ability to provide patient care 2013 - present is rated 4.2/5.0 *    
    3. Preceptor evaluations rate the students’ understanding of the role of a PA as a member of the healthcare team 4.4/5.0*
    4. Graduate 2012-2015 survey results rate the development of interpersonal skills and preparation for working as part of a healthcare team 4.1/5.0*
  1. Deliver a quality educational experience that provides students with knowledge and skills for employment and entry into clinical practice
    1. In the past 3-years, student average rating of curriculum from course and instructor evaluations is 4.1/5.0*
    2. Graduate 2012-2015 survey results rate the didactic education 4.1/5.0*, clinical education 4.1/5.0* and overall education experience 4.1/5.0*
    3. Graduate 2012-2015 survey results rate the educational preparation for entry into clinical practice 4.1/5.0*
    4. Preceptors compiled rating our student’s preparedness for entry into clinical practice 4.2/5.0*
    5. Preceptor surveys report student performance in clinical skills 2014- present 4.2/5.0*
    6. Graduate 2012-2015 survey results report employment rates of 97.5 within 6 months of graduation.
  1.  Engage all students in community outreach activity to foster community service
    1. 100% of our students participate in community outreach
  1.  Encourage and prepare graduates to work with patients from diverse populations
    1. Graduate 2012-2015 survey results show that 98.5% respondents are working clinically and 77% work with diverse populations
    2. Graduate 2012-2015 survey results data rates their ability to care for and communicate effectively with diverse populations 4.0/5.0*
    3. Preceptors surveys rate the students interpersonal and communication skills  4.4/5.0* 
  1. Provide students with the requisite knowledge to pass the PANCE and have a Five Year First Time Taker average PANCE pass rate that is within 5% of the national average.
    1. Program Five Year First Time Taker average PANCE rate is 97% which exceeds the national average of 95%.
    2. Graduate 2012-2015 survey results rate the program preparation for PANCE 4.3/5.0*