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Mission & Goals

Mission Statement

The Marshall University Physician Assistant program is dedicated to providing high-quality medical education to develop a competent physician assistant workforce to meet needs in primary and specialty care. Graduates of our program will contribute to the quality of life in their communities and regions through excellent health care. Building upon this foundation, we strive to fulfill the need for care in rural underserved areas and to engage our physician assistants in lifelong learning in an academic community that promotes diversity.

Program Goals

  1. To utilize an application process that selects quality students
  2. To train physician assistants to work in interprofessional teams and to practice medicine with professionalism
  3. For students to achieve a pass rate on the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants exam at or above the national average
  4. 100% of Marshall University physician assistant graduates will be employed in primary care or specialty care within six months of graduation
  5. 20% of Marshall University physician assistant graduates will be employed in a rural underserved area

Goal Measurement of Success Outcome
To utilize an application process that selects quality students Applicant data and graduate outcomes Will post when available
To train physician assistants to work in interprofessional teams and to practice medicine with professionalism Course content, preceptor evaluations, and standardized patient evaluations from clinical skills lab experience Will post when available
For students to achieve a pass rate on the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants exam at or above the national average NCCPA pass rates provided to MUPA program Will post when available
100% of Marshall University physician assistant graduates will be employed in primary care or specialty care within six months of graduation Exit survey at graduation and graduate survey at one year post-graduation Will post when available
20% of Marshall University physician assistant graduates will be employed in a rural underserved area Exit survey at graduation and graduate survey at one and three years post-graduation Will post when available

Program Competencies

In aligning with the Physician Assistant (PA) program goals, the Marshall University PA program has developed the following competencies that each graduate of the PA program must achieve prior to graduation. These competencies drive the curriculum for the Physician Assistant program. 

Medical Knowledge
Graduates will demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care. Graduates will apply the ability to use evidence-based medicine, and be able to synthesize areas of pathophysiology, patient presentation, differential diagnosis, patient management, surgical principles, health promotion and disease prevention to care for patients across the lifespan in culturally diverse populations and rural areas.

Interpersonal & Communication Skills
Graduates will employ skills to work in interprofessional teams that will result in effective communication with patients, other health care professionals, and patient families. Graduates will be able to accurately document information they obtain with respect to medical, financial, legal, and accuracy purposes.

Patient Care
Graduates will demonstrate the ability to make decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient preferences, current scientific evidence and informed clinical judgement. Graduates will be able to aim health services for patients on disease prevention, health maintenance, and patient and family education.

Professionalism
Graduates will demonstrate commitment to excellence in professional relationships and on-going professional development (including lifelong learning). Physician assistants are expected to have a firm understanding of legal and regulatory requirements as well as the appropriate role of physician assistants in health care.

Practice-based Learning & Improvement
Graduates will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze their practice in light of their experience, the medical literature and their own self-analysis and self-improvement.

Systems-based Practice
Graduates will be prepared to practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise patient care. Graduates will be able to discuss ways to partner with supervising/ collaborating physicians and other health care professionals to improve the delivery and effectiveness of health care and patient outcomes.