School of Physician Assistant Studies

The School of Physician Assistant Studies offers a 27-month program resulting in a master of science in physician assistant studies.

Mission

The School of Physician Assistant Studies prepares and mentors students within an innovative curriculum to provide quality care for a diverse global community focusing on primary care for underserved and rural populations.

Values

The faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the School of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Advocate for the highest quality of care for all patients
  • Respect the social, emotional and spiritual needs of the individual
  • Value the diversity of all cultures, people and lifestyles
  • Support the patient's right to participate in all healthcare decisions
  • Promote the interprofessional team approach to achieving healthcare equity within communities
  • Honor professionalism through respectful interactions
  • Foster a culture for peer mentoring and relationship building
  • Encourage lifelong learning through the application of evidence based concepts
  • Maintain a commitment to self-awareness and well being
  • Commit to the advancement of the profession through participation in professional, legislative and community outreach activities
  • Respond to the global needs for community based practice and international education

Vision

The School of Physician Assistant Studies will be known as a national leader in Physician Assistant education, educating highly skilled, patient-centered clinicians committed to community service and leadership, through an innovative curriculum and dynamic learning environment.

School Goals

Our goals are focused on our students, our alumni scholars, and our community at large. Four primary goals guide our school in accomplishing our mission to prepare and mentor students within an innovative curriculum to provide quality care for a diverse global community focusing on primary care for underserved and rural populations.

  1. Prepare clinically-competent clinicians through an innovative curriculum. This will be measured by Summative Evaluation score analysis throughout the program and PANCE pass rates which meet or exceed national pass rates.
            Success of achieving goal: The Pacific University School of PA studies has a PANCE pass rate which has exceeded the national average over the last three years.
  2. Maintain post graduate employment in primary care practice above the national average of all graduates. This will be measured by post-graduation surveys.
            Success of achieving goal: Graduate data from the Class of 2014 indicates that 27% are practicing in primary care settings (NCCPA data shows a national average of 20.5%).
  3. Develop outreach initiatives to Hawai‘i and veteran students. This will be measured by accepted applications, matriculated students, and graduation rate.
            Success of achieving goal: Outreach initiatives have been established and numbers of Hawaiian and Veteran students continue to increase.
  4. Encourage alumni involvement to enrich our admissions process, lectures and skills, precepting, and faculty positions within the school. This will be measured by the alumni involvement report.
            Success of achieving goal: Alumni involvement continues to grow each year with three alumni currently on faculty and increasing numbers of alumni preceptors, lecturers and skills facilitators.

Overall success will be measured at the end of each academic year by analyzing data obtained from evaluations of process, outcomes, and impact.