PA Program: Mission and Goals

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Mission Statement

  • The Physician Assistant Program at Marywood University is committed to providing students with an exceptional education in a supportive and nurturing environment. This professional education will include the biomedical and clinical knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients in a variety of settings across the lifespan.
  • The Program is committed to preparing the student to deal with the changing healthcare environment while promoting the PA profession.
  • The Program emphasizes the importance of creating a knowledge community for future PA students to succeed while providing leadership to promote the PA profession within the community.
  • The Program acknowledges that patients are more than his or her physical body; therefore, the Program is dedicated to teaching our students to appreciate the patient’s spirit in addition to caring for his or her body.
  • The Program has an awareness of the need for quality healthcare, both regionally and globally, and the Program prepares each student to undertake the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Program Goals:

Goal 1: To provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to be successful, competent physician assistants.  

Goal 2: To prepare students to participate as effective members of interdisciplinary healthcare teams in the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of diverse populations across the lifespan.

Goal 3: To develop effective interpersonal and communication skills within the medical community.

Goal 4: To encourage students to incorporate Marywood University’s goal of learning to live and practice medicine responsibly in an interdependent world.

Goal 5: To develop professionalism and leadership skills at the local, state, and national level, shaping future policy and legislation to promote Physician Assistant practice.


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Marywood University, in accordance with applicable provisions of federal law, does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities, including admission, or with respect to employment. Inquires should be directed to Dr. Patricia Dunleavy, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Coordinator for Act 504 and Title IX, Marywood University, Scranton, PA 18509-1598. Phone: (570)348-6220 or e-mail: