The Physician Assistant Program

Mission Statement of the Graduate Physician Assistant Program MSM-PA

The Graduate Physician Assistant Program exists to prepare professionally competent physician assistants who will use their skills to serve their communities in compassionate ministry.

Physician Assistant Program Goals

  1. Prepare professionally competent physician assistants for entry into clinical practice.
  2. Maintain a level of first-time PANCE pass rates above the national average.
  3. Prepare physician assistants who will use their skills in compassionate ministry/service.
  4. Prepare physician assistant students to provide patient-centered health care to patients from diverse populations with a commitment to the ethical, legal and regulatory standards as part of an inter-professional collaborative team.

Statement of Purpose of the Graduate Physician Assistant Program

To fulfill the mission statement the Physician Assistant Program commits itself to:

  1. Recruit qualified candidates for admission into the program.
  2. Provide a high quality educational program, which meets Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) accreditation standards.
  3. Provide adequate learning resources and support systems that assist students in meeting the academic requirements of the Physician Assistant Program.
  4. Integrate faith and learning in the life and thought of students.
  5. Encourage students to develop lifelong learning behaviors that prepare them for a career in medicine.
  6. Engage in ongoing review and evaluation of program effectiveness in preparing competent physician assistant graduates.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Physician Assistant Program will be able to:

  • Evaluate the patient using a comprehensive history, physical exam, and appropriate laboratory tests
  • Interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Formulate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan
  • Educate the patient about their medical condition
  • Instruct the patient in healthy lifestyles
  • Assist in surgery and perform such procedures as suturing, skin tag or nail removal, and established IV line