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 Physician Assistant Programs is to educate capable students from diverse backgrounds to meet the challenges of practicing medicine in collaboration with physicians and other members of the health care team. The curricula are formulated to sensitize the student to diverse populations and the complexities of healthcare delivery that influence patients and their families. Students engage in community service to foster effective communication, compassion, and dedication. We encourage research and create life-long learners trained to utilize evidence to deliver safe, effective patient-centered care to patients and their communities.

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 for the class of 2022 are 3.68 and 3.63 and are above the national averages (3.58 and 3.52) as reported in the PAEA 35th annual report.
    2. Preceptor evaluation of student ability to provide patient care 2019-2020 is rated 4.7/5.0*    
    3. Preceptor evaluations 2019-2020 rating of the students’ understanding of the role of a PA as a member of the healthcare team 4.9/5.0*
    4. Exit survey 2019-2020 results rate the development of interpersonal skills and preparation for working as part of a healthcare team 4.57/5.0*
  2. Deliver a quality educational experience that provides students with knowledge and skills for employment and entry into clinical practice
    1. In 2019-2020, students average rating of curriculum from course and instructor evaluations was 4.03/5.0*
    2. Graduate and Exit 2019-2020 survey results rate the didactic education 4.0/5.0*, clinical education 4.19/5.0* and overall education experience 4.1/5.0*
    3. Graduate and Exit 2019-2020 survey results rate the educational preparation for entry into clinical practice 4.0/5.0*
    4. Preceptor compiled rating 2019-2020 of student’s preparedness for entry into clinical practice 4.3/5.0*
    5. Preceptor survey results 2019-2020 rate student performance in clinical skills 4.8/5.0*
    6. Graduate survey results 2019-2020 report employment rates of 98.8% within 3 months of graduation.
  3. Engage all students in community outreach activity to foster community service
    1. 100% of our students participate in community outreach
  4.  Encourage and prepare graduates to work with patients from diverse populations
    1. Graduate 2019-2020 survey results show that 98.7% respondents are working clinically and 75% work with diverse populations
    2. Graduate and Exit 2019-2020 survey results show that students rate their ability to care for and communicate effectively with diverse populations 4.2/5.0*
    3. Preceptors surveys rate the students interpersonal and communication skills 4.9/5.0* 
  5. Foster research and the use of scientific information to improve patient-centered care and life-long learning
    1. 2020 Exit survey results rate the instruction in preparation for the Master Project as 3.11/5.0*

    2. 2020 Exit survey results rate the program preparation to critically appraise research as 3.51/5.0

  6. 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 98% which surpasses the national average of 96%.
    2. Graduate and Exit 2019-2020 survey results rate the program preparation for PANCE 4.1/5.0*