Program Goals

PA Program Goals

Goal 1: Admit qualified applicants who will successfully complete the physician assistant curriculum.
Our admissions process selects for qualified applicants who possess the attributes that will prepare them for success in a rigorous physician assistant program.  The measures used will include; undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, and number of hours spent in direct patient care and service to others prior to attending PA school.  The outcomes used to measure success in this goal will include student academic achievement, attrition data, and PANCE pass rate.    

Goal 2: Support a culture of service to others and to community. 
Consistent with our mission, service to humanity will be emphasized throughout the program.  The admissions process will select for applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to service to others. Service activities will be incorporated into the curriculum and students will be encouraged to seek extracurricular service opportunities.  Outcomes will be measured by students' service hours acquired prior to PA school, the number of service activities available to students during the program and the average number of service hours completed during the students' time in the program.  

Goal 3: Foster the personal and professional development of students as medical providers.
A commitment to personal and professional growth is a program priority.  Students will participate in a dynamic curriculum that integrates ethical and professional principles throughout, allowing for student growth and a better understanding of one's own biases and beliefs.  This process will involve instruction, mentoring and feedback as well as self-reflection activities.  Professional behaviors will be evaluated by faculty and clinical preceptors using professionalism evaluations.  Feedback and mentoring will be provided on an ongoing basis. Students will be asked to reflect on their professional behaviors and to explore their own personal set of values and beliefs.  This goal will be assessed by measuring the percentage of students who achieve 100% satisfactory ratings on their professionalism evaluations by graduation and the assessment of student perceptions of personal and professional growth as measured by the student exit data survey.

Goal 4:  Deliver an educational experience that provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level practice as physician assistants.  
Students will participate in an integrated curriculum and a broad array of clinical experiences that will prepare them to enter the workforce in a wide variety of practice settings.  Students will develop skills to effectively elicit a complete history and perform differential diagnosis based physical exams.  Students will learn to diagnose, develop and implement treatment plans by utilizing critical thinking and medical decision-making skills. In addition, students will learn to communicate effectively to elicit information, provide patient education, and collaborate in interprofessional teams.  Students will develop the skills to provide care to patients across the life span and from diverse populations.  Students will apply this knowledge in a multitude of practice settings to refine their skills.  Success in this goal will be demonstrated by assessing student academic achievement, PANCE pass rate, and measures of knowledge and skills as evaluated on the student exit survey, graduate survey, and employer survey.   

Goal 5: Achieve a first time PANCE pass rate that is above the national average. 
This goal will be measured annually with the NCCPA provided data on program first time pass rate as compared to the national average.