College of Health Sciences

Physician Assistant Program Goals

Mission Statement

Arcadia University’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program is dedicated to training highly competent, globally aware physician assistants who are prepared to be life-long learners. The Program is committed to fostering excellence in patient care and promoting professionalism, leadership, cultural competency, scholarship, and service.

The master’s degree program in Medical Science (M.M.S.) at Arcadia University is designed to produce graduates who are well-equipped to deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics and other community settings.

Program Goals

Goal 1: Maintain first time PANCE pass rate above the national mean
  • Outcome 1: Since its inception in 1996, Arcadia University’s PA program has maintained a 99-100% first time PANCE pass rate, well above the national average.
Goal 2: Recruit and retain highly qualified students
  • Outcome 1: The program received 2,437 applications for 105 available seats during the admission cycle for the Class of 2019.  The matriculated students had a median GPA of 3.62 and an average of 1,721 hours of clinical experience.
  • Outcome 2: With an average class size of 104, the average attrition rate for Arcadia University’s PA program over the last three graduated classes was 3.2%, below the national average.
Goal 3: Provide a global perspective to students and faculty by offering global experiences to at least one third of PA students and faculty
  • Outcome 1: The following percentages of students participated in or are scheduled to participate in global experiences:
    • 65% of the Class of 2017
    • 45% of the Class of 2018
    • 78% of the Class of 2019
  • Outcome 2: Over the past three years 50% of the PA faculty taught and/or mentored internationally.
  • Outcome 3: The University offers thirty-six $6,000 Global Studies scholarships and fifteen $1,500 International Rotation scholarships each year to PA students.
Goal 4: Promote community service within our student body
  • Outcome 1: 100% of our didactic year students over the past four years have participated in community service learning projects in conjunction with faculty.
Goal 5: Prepare students to provide care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan
  • Outcome 1: Supervised clinical practical experiences are offered in a variety of settings including rural and urban areas both domestically and internationally.
  • Outcome 2: Didactic and clinical courses provide student instruction and assessment in patient care topics across the lifespan.