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 students 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. 
  • 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 embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion; advocate for their patients; serve their communities; and 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 utilize service opportunities to gain professional experience, enhance their classroom learning, and strengthen their community.

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.

 

2020 Goals & Outcomes

GOAL ONE: 

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

  • The 2020 first time PANCE pass rate was 94%.
  • 100% of recent graduates surveyed rated their preparedness as a PA by Marywood University as very good or excellent.  

GOAL TWO:
To prepare students to participate as effective members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team in the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of diverse populations across the lifespan.

  • 100% of recent graduates surveyed rated their preparedness to be an effective member of a healthcare team by Marywood University as very good or excellent.
  • Over 99% of Preceptor Evaluations indicated the students’ ability to be an interdisciplinary team member as good or excellent. 

GOAL THREE:
To develop effective interpersonal and communication skills within the medical community.

  • Over 99% of Clinical Preceptors indicated the PA students had very good or excellent communication skills during the clinical phase in 2019-2020.
  • 100% of recent graduates surveyed rated their preparedness to effectively communicate with patients, families, and other members of the health care team by Marywood University as very good or excellent. 

GOAL FOUR:
To encourage students to utilize service opportunities to gain professional experience, enhance their classroom learning, and strengthen their community.

  • 100% of students complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer community experiences as part of the didactic year service requirement.  

GOAL FIVE:
To develop as professionals and leaders at the local, state, and national level, shaping future policy and legislation to promote physician assistant practice. 

  • 100% of PA students participate in community service and awareness events through the MU PA Student Society. 
  • 90% of recent graduates surveyed rated their development of professional behaviors and development as a leader as very good or excellent.  
  • 98% of Clinical Preceptors indicated the PA students had good or excellent professional skills, including self-confidence, dependability, and maturity.  

 

Anti-Discrimination Policy

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