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 supervised 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. 
 
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Ratio of App/Enroll 30:1 41:1 37:1 35:1
Mean
Overall GPA
3.66 3.54 3.57 3.64
Mean
Science GPA
3.62 3.54 3.55 3.58
Mean Prerequisite GPA 3.67 3.53 3.59 3.64
Male 19 (37%) 18 (36%) 20 (37%) 13 (26%)
Female 32 (63%) 32 (64%) 34 (63%) 37 (74%)
Age Range 21-35 21-39 22-51 19-45
Race/Ethnicity:
White
70% 78% 82% 80%
Race/Ethnicity: Black 10% 12% 2% 8%
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic 6% 4% 2% 6%
Race/Ethnicity: Asian 12% 6% 10% 6%

Race/Ethnicity: 
Two or more races 

2% 1% - -
# of Master's/Doctoral degrees received  2 3 5 3
Avg. # of science credits completed 70 68 71 58
Avg. patient care experience hours (upon application) 2019 2500 1649 1650
Avg. hours of research experience (upon application) 203 207 274 166
# of military/active veterans 1 4 2 -
State represented 15 17 21 18
 
 


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.
 

Student to Faculty Ratio
                     AY 2015/2016              AY 2014/2015                    AY 2014/2013              
Per FTE 10.8:1 15:1 16.2:1
# of Faculty 9.2:1 10:1 15:1
 
 
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Average Graduated GPA n/a 3.74 3.78 3.77
Attrition Rate 3.8% 2% 3.6% 2.2%
Graduate Survey (How well has the program prepared you in the area of critical problem solving/critical thinking?) n/a 96% 100% 100%
Preceptor Preclinical Survey (Consistently able to identify and correlate pertinent findings.) 96% 96% 98% _
Preceptor Clinical Survey (Critical thinking skills) 96% (to date) 96% 93% 97%
 
 
 

Areas of Employment 



Goal 3

Provide a comprehensive supervised clinical experience that will prepare the students to successfully pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and become competent, collaborative clinicians.

Rotation Sites:
Multiple Affiliation Agreements are in place with major medical centers and private practices to meet the needs of the students during the clinical phase of training.
 
Student Evaluation of All Core Rotations
(Scale 1-5 | 5=Excellent)
  Class of 2016
(to date)                   
Class of 2015                 Class of 2014           
Women's Health 4.61 4.60 4.69
Surgery 4.42 4.40 4.56
Pediatrics 4.25 4.14 4.66
Internal Medicine 4.37 4.26 4.65
Family Medicine 4.58 4.50 4.50
Emergency Medicine 4.51 4.48 4,66
Geriatrics n/a 4.48 4.67
Behavioral Health  4.47 n/a n/a 
 
 
PANCE Pass Rate 5 Year Average: 93%
Salus University PANCE Pass Ratings
 
  Class
of 2015      
Class
of 2014       
Class
of 2013           
Class
of 2012           
Class
of 2011         
PANCE Pass Rate 91% 94% 89% 95% 95%
 
 

Physician assistant students are introduced to interprofessional experiences as part of their evidence-based practice course and participation in workshops at the Salus University Eye and Ear Institutes. 
 
                                                                    Class of 2016
(to date)
Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Preceptor Clinical Survey (Students' competent in their interpersonal interaction with healthcare professionals) 100% 98% 100%
Graduate Survey (How well did the PA program prepare you to work as part of an interprofessional team?) 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 the concepts of Diversity & Cultural Sensitivity through participation in interactive workshops at orientation. Concepts are reinforced in Clinical Problem Solving, Integrative Medicine and Clinical Year Orientation.
 
  2015 2014 2013
Graduate Survey (How well did the PA program prepare you to work with patients with diverse backgrounds?)  100% - -
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
Provisional Accreditation granted 2007    
Continuing Accreditation Granted   2010 2014
Program maintains continuing accreditation status with ARC-PA through March 2024 (More Information)