The physician assistant curriculum is closely related to the purpose and goals of the institution as well as to the degree. The Mississippi College Physician Assistant Program offers a master’s degree program that promotes lifelong learning, critical thinking, and varied academic experiences to provide students with the expertise and work ethic required to achieve personal and professional fulfillment. The goals of the program are to:
- Recruit a highly qualified, diverse student population similar in qualifications and diversity to the published national averages.
- Recruit at least 50% of students from the pool of applicants who are Mississippi residents.
- Incorporate innovative approaches to interdisciplinary preclinical and clinical education and remediation which foster student success such that the attrition rate is comparable to the published national average among physician assistant programs.
- Prepare physician assistant students who possess depth of knowledge, clinical reasoning, skill, professional behaviors, and an investigative attitude toward research, education, and leadership in order to routinely receive satisfactory evaluations on the program’s published competencies.
- Continue to foster student success in order to achieve program graduation rates comparable to the published national averages among physician assistant training programs.
- Outcome: Mississippi College graduated 100% of its inaugural cohort of students in December, 2013. The national average for the 2013 cohort was 93.5%.
- Prepare physician assistant graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve at least a 90% first time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and an average PANCE score at or above the national average.
- Prepare graduates who will obtain post-graduation positions in disciplines consistent with the goals of the program; namely primary care, surgery, and as hospitalists.