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Mission and Goals of the Physician Assistant Program

Vision Statement
For our graduates to enhance the quality of the lives they touch and to help alleviate healthcare disparities in our nation and the world.

Mission Statement
To develop competent clinicians within a supportive, engaging, culturally diverse environment which fosters spiritual, academic and social growth.  Our graduates will become integrated into communities striving for excellence in healthcare through compassion, professionalism, and lifelong learning.


  1. Maintain a PANCE first time pass rate at or above the national average.


    • The average first time pass rates for the program over the last five years is 97% versus the national average of 93%.

    Click here to view PANCE pass rates and the NCCPA datasheet.

  2. All students will participate in interprofessional student experiences on campus and at clinical training sites.


    • The MU School of Health Sciences includes a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs within various health care related fields including Athletic Training, Health Care Administration, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy.

    • At numerous times through the didactic year, PA students interact with students and faculty from these programs in courses like Anatomy, Physician Assistant Orientation, Clinical Skills, History and Physical Exam, and Orthopedics.

    • While on clinical rotations, PA students train alongside various professions such as medical students, nurse practitioner students, nursing students, etc.

  3. Students will have exposure to culturally diverse educational opportunities through clinical rotation sites in healthcare shortage areas in NC, in particular Cumberland County, and internationally.


    • Throughout the clinical year, students are required to completed several rotations in Cumberland County and surrounding counties.

    • Currently, the program is actively using over 60 clinical rotation sites in the Fayetteville (Cumberland County) alone, which is designated as a primary care healthcare shortage area.

    • Students are also given the opportunity to experience diverse populations through international rotations in third world countries. The program has established clinical rotations in Belize, Ecuador, and Mexico and encourages students to participate in international rotations if possible.

  4. Program will maintain a supportive and engaging environment by hosting activities that foster team building and social growth.


    • Through the curriculum students are engaged within the community through volunteer experiences that help our local community with emergency assistance, adult literacy and mentorships.

    • The program encourages students to be actively involved in state and national PA societies, NC Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Elected students serve in leadership roles in both of these organizations.