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 vulnerable, 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
  • Respect and embrace individual diversity in all its forms: Race, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic factors, citizenship, religion, and disability or any other aspect which makes them unique
  • Support the patient's right to participate in all healthcare decisions
  • Promote an interprofessional team approach that improves healthcare resource equity and patient outcomes
  • 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 healthcare needs of global populations, locally and abroad


The School of Physician Assistant Studies will be a national leader in Physician Assistant education, known for preparing highly skilled, responsive, and patient-centered clinicians committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, community service and leadership.

School Goals

Our goals are focused on our students, alumni scholars, and the 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 vulnerable, underserved and rural populations

  1. Prepare clinically-competent clinicians through an innovative systems-based modular curriculum. This will be measured through ongoing programmatic assessment and Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (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.
  2. Completion of the Rural and Global Healthcare Tracks provides students enhanced training in evidence based healthcare with vulnerable and underserved populations.
    Success of achieving goal: Continued enrollment and successful completion of both tracks compared across the last three cohorts.
  3. Maintain outreach initiatives to students from Hawai‘i and veteran students. This is measured by matriculated students.
    Success of achieving goal: Outreach initiatives have been established and numbers of Hawai‘i and veteran students are steady with 2 Hawai'i students and 5 veterans in the Class of 2020; and 3 Hawai'i students and 4 veterans each in the Class of 2021 and Class of 2022.
  4. 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 success in achieving each of these goals, we will continue to develop engaging curricula, seek out diverse practice training opportunities, and maintain 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.