Mission

To graduate collaborative clinicians who will serve the health care needs of a global community with intelligence, compassion, and integrity. 

Goals

The program has five primary goals specifically designed to achieve our mission and vision of educating high-quality competent and caring physician assistants.

  1. Recruit a diverse and intellectually curious student body. 
  2. Provide a high-quality academic program that fosters critical thinking skills and enables students to become competent clinicians who can appropriately care for and counsel patients throughout the lifespan.
  3. Provide a comprehensive academic and clinical experience that will prepare the students to successfully pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and become competent, collaborative clinicians.
  4. Graduate physician assistants who have sensitivity to and respect for the cultural and personal beliefs of all patients.
  5. Maintain program accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) through a process of continuous program self-assessment.

Goal 1

Recruit a diverse and intellectually curious student body. 
 
  • The Admissions Committee holistically reviews applicants and offers admittance to the Program with the deliberate intention of building a diverse cohort based upon academic performance, background and experience. Please see below our progress made toward meeting this goal.
 
                                                                 Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Ratio of App/Enroll 17:1 30:1 41:1 37:1
Mean
Overall GPA
3.67 3.66 3.54 3.57
Mean
Science GPA
3.64 3.62 3.54 3.55
Mean Prerequisite GPA 3.66 3.67 3.53 3.59
Male 17 (34%) 19 (37%) 18 (36%) 20 (37%)
Female 33 (66%) 32 (63%) 32 (64%) 34 (63%)
Age Range 21-46 21-35 21-39 22-51
Race/Ethnicity:
White
86% 70% 78% 82%
Underrepresented Minority 14% 30% 22% 18%
# of Master's/Doctoral degrees received  2 2 3 5
Avg. # of science credits completed 69 70 68 71
Avg. patient care experience hours (upon application) 1160 2019 2500 1649
Avg. hours of research experience (upon application) 107 203 207 274
# of military/active veterans 2 1 4 2
State represented 12 15 17 21
First generation college enrollment 6 9 12 15
Family income designated economically disadvantaged 3 4 8 10
 
 


Goal 2

Provide a high-quality academic program that fosters critical thinking skills and enables students to become competent clinicians who can appropriately care for and counsel patients throughout the lifespan.

  • The designed curriculum includes PAS 5050 and 5051 Clinical Problem Solving I and II which provide students with weekly observational pre-clinical experiences in the spring and summer semesters of their didactic year. Under the direction of their preclinical instructional faculty, students are provided direct access to patients and opportunity for practical application of classroom instruction. The course also affords faculty-facilitated, small group case base learning opportunities which foster critical thinking skills.
  • Based on Graduate Exit Survey data for the prior three graduating classes (Class of 2017, 2016, and 2015): The percent of the class who responded that the PA program prepared them in meeting the competency of critical thinking skills was 95%, 97%, and 95% respectively.
  • On the End of Didactic Year Survey, 97% of Students from the Class of 2018 reported that they were prepared by the Program regarding the development of their critical thinking skills. (survey response rate=93%)
  • To date, 94% of Preceptors rated the Clinical Year Class of 2018 students’ overall critical thinking skills as good to exceptional.
  • Student’s patient logs, case presentations and their performance on the practical components of the summative examinations demonstrate their ability to care for and counsel patients throughout the lifespan.

 

 
 

Goal 3

Provide a comprehensive academic and clinical experience that will prepare the students to successfully pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and become competent, collaborative clinicians.
 
 
 
  Class                 
of 2017
Class                     
of 2016
Class                      
of 2015      
Class                    
of 2014       
Class
of 2013           
PANCE Pass Rate 100% 94% 91% 94% 89%
 
 
 
  • Physician assistant students are introduced to interprofessional experiences as part of their PAS-5101 Evidence-Based Practice course.
 
 
 

                                                           
                                                                                   
 

Class of
2017
Class of
2016          
 
Class of
2015             
Class of
2014      
  Preceptor Clinical Survey
(Students' competent in their
interpersonal interaction
with healthcare professionals)
100% 100% 98% 100%
  Graduate Survey
(How well did the PA program
prepare you to work as part
of an interprofessional team?)
98% n/a 96% -
 
 

Goal 4

Graduate physician assistants who have sensitivity to and respect for the cultural and personal beliefs of all patients.
 
  • Students are introduced to cultural competency training during orientation and complete “A Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care” which includes three three-hour online learning modules in the PAS 5007 PA Seminar Course.
  • To date, 93% of Preceptors rated the Clinical Year Class of 2018 students' cultural sensitivity as good to exceptional. 
  • End of Didactic Year Survey 97% of student respondents reported that the program prepared them to demonstrate cultural sensitivity in all patient encounters.(response rate was 91%)
 

Goal 5

Maintain program accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) through a process of continuous program self-assessment.

The Physician Assistant Program utilizes a comprehensive, ongoing assessment process that relies on critical data analysis to direct change in support of a dynamic curriculum. In doing so, it ensures that it best serves its students in preparing them for entry-level practice and the care of future patients entrusted to their care.

The Salus University Physician Assistant Program was granted provisional accreditation in 2007 and maintains continuing accreditation status with ARC-PA through March, 2024.

Accreditation Statement
 
 
 
 

Goal 5

Maintain program accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) through a process of continuous program self-assessment.
 
  • The Physician Assistant Program utilizes a comprehensive, ongoing assessment process that relies on critical data analysis to direct change in support of a dynamic curriculum. In doing so, it ensures that it best serves its students in preparing them for entry-level practice and the care of future patients entrusted to their care.
  • The Salus University Physician Assistant Program was granted provisional accreditation in 2007 and maintains continuing accreditation status with ARC-PA through March, 2024.
Accreditation Statement
 
Provisional Accreditation granted 2007    
Continuing Accreditation Granted   2010 2014
Program maintains continuing accreditation status with ARC-PA through March 2024 (More Information)