The School of Physician Assistant Studies offers a 27-month program resulting in a master of science in physician assistant studies.
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.
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
The School of Physician Assistant Studies provides a comprehensive curriculum utilizing innovative and traditional formats in a dynamic learning environment. The focus of the school is driven by, and responds to, the healthcare needs of the local and global community with a strong commitment to multilingual, multicultural, and gender-equitable learning. The school is nationally and internationally recognized as an outstanding model of PA education.
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.
- 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. The Pacific University School of PA studies has a PANCE pass rate which has exceeded the national average over the last three years.
- Maintain post graduate employment in primary care and underserved practices above the national average of all graduates. This will be measured by post-graduation surveys. Data analysis for the Class of 2014 is ongoing and will be posted soon.
- Develop outreach programs to Hawai‘i and veteran students. This will be measured by accepted applications, matriculated students, and graduation rate. The School has gradually increased the numbers of Hawaiian and Veteran students enrolled from the class of 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- 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. Alumni involvement continues to grow each year with three alumni currently on faculty. Data analysis of preceptors, lecturers and skills facilitators is ongoing and shows an increase from 2013 to 2014 in all areas.
Overall success will be measured at the end of each academic year by analyzing data obtained from evaluations of process, outcomes, and impact.