Physician Assistant Studies Program


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The physician assistant (PA) field is a challenging, rewarding career choice for those who are genuinely interested in medicine, sensitive to the needs of patients and committed to the delivery of quality medical care. The profession evolved in response to an appeal to extend the delivery of primary care medicine and, since its inception in 1965, has had a profound impact on the quality of health care.

Mission Statement

To develop and graduate academically and clinically exceptional physician assistants.

Overview

Physician Assistant Studies is a master's level degree curriculum that recognizes the emerging status of the physician assistant (PA). The PA must think like a physician, be educated in the same fashion, have genuine interest in the patient, possess medical curiosity, work within legal and medical limitations, and be prepared to treat any disease entity regardless of age, gender, race, social status, or sexual preference. In order to prepare the PA for this comprehensive role, the physician assistant program provides the necessary experiences in clinical practice, research and professional services.

Program Goals

  1. Maintain full accreditation status and preserve the historical standard of excellence of the program.
    • Provide students with fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to develop into mature, qualified, competent practitioners.
  2. Maintain and develop quality clinical rotation sites to promote exposure to a variety of patient care settings.
    • Promote primary care opportunities including rural and underserved populations in family medicine, women's health, pediatrics, and general internal medicine.
    • Promote specialty care opportunities in surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine specialties, behavioral and mental health care.
  3. Recruit, admit, and retain high caliber students.
    • Recruit high caliber students.
    • Admit high caliber students.
    • Retain high caliber students.
  4. Attract and retain a talented faculty and staff, and capitalize on their strengths.
    • Attract a talented faculty and staff.
    • Retain a talented faculty and staff.
    • Capitalize on the faculty and staff members' strengths.

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