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:
1. Recruit a highly qualified, diverse student population similar in qualifications and diversity to the published national averages.
- Outcome: Since its inception, Mississippi College Physician Assistant Program has consistently matriculated students with qualifications and diversity comparable to the published average of other physician assistant programs in the United States, such as Age, Gender, Race, and GPA.
2. Recruit at least 50% of students from the pool of applicants who are Mississippi residents.
- Outcome: Among all cohorts matriculating since the Program’s inception, Mississippi residents make up at least 50% of the students.
3. Incorporate innovative approaches to interdisciplinary preclinical and clinical education and remediation which foster student success such that the graduation rate is comparable to the published national average among physician assistant programs.
- Outcome: MC’s Physician Assistant Program is comparable to the national average among PA programs in the United States.
4. 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.
- Outcome: Preceptors have rated our clinical phase students an average of 8.15 out of 9 on the program’s six competencies in the most recent 4 years.
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.
6. Prepare graduates who will obtain postgraduation positions in disciplines consistent with the goals of the program; namely primary care, surgery, and as hospitalists.