About Physician Assistant Studies

Professor Christina Perry works with PA students

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.


Program GoalsAssessment MethodBenchmarksResults
A) Upon graduation, Methodist PA students will demonstrate the medical knowledge to effectively evaluate, treat and manage patientsPA National Certifying Exam (PANCE)Target: Above the national average pass rateFive year Methodist pass rate=98%, national average=96%
B) Upon graduation, Methodist PA students will demonstrate the clinical skills necessary for practice, including effective history taking, physical exams and basic medical procedural skillsObjective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE)Target: 100% pass rateClass of 2020=100% OSCE pass rate
C) Upon graduation, Methodist PA students will demonstrate professional communication and behavior towards their patients and other medical professionalsPreceptor evaluation of studentsTarget: 100% of all students score an average of > 2.5/4 by final 3 preceptorsAverage score of all students = 3.9/4 and no student scored below the minimal competency set at 2.5/4
D) Upon graduation, Methodist PA students will gain employment in clinical practiceGraduate surveyTarget: 100% of certified graduates are gainfully employed* within 6 months95% of the Class of 2020 were employed within 6 months of graduation.
E) Methodist PA program will recruit highly qualified and diverse studentsCASPA applicationThreshold: at least maintain class URM numbers at 15% and SDB numbers at 40%. **

Target: by 2020 to have increased each cohort’s URM and/or SDB by 5%

Class of 2023 enrolled 40% URM and 73% SDB.
F) Methodist PA program will retain academically competent students throughout the programDirect measureAcademic related attrition rates will be less than 6% per cohortAverage attrition CO 2021-CO 2023=0.8% (1 student).
* Includes employment, post-graduate fellowship/education or non-employment by choice
** URM = under-represented minority, SDB = socioeconomically disadvantaged background