Program Goals | Physician Assistant Studies | Mississippi College
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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 student population similar in qualifications and diversity to the published national averages.
    • Outcome: Since its inception, the 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 agegenderrace, and GPA.
  2. Matriculate at least 50% of students from the pool of applicants who have ties to Mississippi.
  3. Attain a graduation rate that is comparable to the published national average among physician assistant programs.
  4. Prepare physician assistant students within the domains of our published competencies.
  5. Prepare physician assistant students to achieve a first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) at or above the national average.
  6. Prepare students to obtain employment in healthcare.

*some graduates delay beginning work as a PA due to a desire for further training, family reasons, and so forth.