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.


The School of Physician Assistant Studies prepares and mentors students within an innovative curriculum to provide quality primary and specialty care for a diverse global community focusing on 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 improve healthcare resource equity and accessibility 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
  • Assess and address the health care needs of global populations, locally and abroad


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 primary and specialty care for a diverse global community focusing on underserved and rural populations

  1. Prepare clinically-competent clinicians through an innovative systems-based modular curriculum. This will be measured by Summative Evaluation (both written and OSCEs) 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 five years.
  1. Maintain post graduate employment in primary care practice above the national average of all graduates. This will be measured by post-graduation surveys and interviews with clinic managers and recruiters.
    Success of achieving goal: Graduate data from the class of 2019 indicates that 38.7% are practicing in primary care settings (NCCPA 2019 data was approximately 25%).
  2. Maintain 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 Hawai‘i and veteran students are steady with 3 Hawai‘i students and 4 veterans each in the Class of 2021 and Class of 2022; and 2 Hawai‘i students and 5 veterans in the Class of 2020.
  3. Encourage alumni involvement to enrich our admissions process, clinical lectures, physical exam skills, and clinical precepting. This will be measured annually and longitudinally on our Alumni Involvement Report.
    Success of achieving goal: Alumni involvement continues to grow with alumni representation on our Alumni Board from every graduating class; and a steady number of alumni supporting the school as preceptors (38/73), lecturers and skills facilitators (23/29), and admissions interviewers (28/32) during Academic Years 2018-19/2019-20.

To monitor and keep prospective applicants and external stakeholders informed of our success in achieving each of these goals, we will continue to develop engaging curricula, seek out primary care practice training opportunities, build relationships with our initiative partners, and alumni. Overall success will be measured at the end of each academic year by analyzing data obtained from evaluations of process, outcomes, and impact.