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The mission of the Misericordia University Physician Assistant program is to provide opportunities for exceptional students to acquire the highest quality cognitive education and training experience in an atmosphere of academic excellence.   Graduates will achieve their maximum potential as able, caring, compassionate, competent, idealistic professionals. The program’s educational environment will promote an ethos of service, responsibility, morals and ethics, a quest for excellence, and an avid desire for self-directed lifelong learning in a spiritually enriched environment, while preparing students to apply evidence-based knowledge.

Vision statement:
  • Program graduates will exhibit honesty, communication skills, dedication, self-discipline, initiative, resourcefulness, and judgment as collaborating clinical practitioners. 

  • Program graduates will be dedicated to their patients and communities, showing respect for the dignity, worth, and rights of others.

  • Program graduates will serve with integrity, accountability, and trust as leaders in an evolving profession.
  • Program graduates will serve as advocates and innovators dedicated to augmenting, complementing, and advancing the quality, accessibility, and transformation of the healthcare system.

  • Program graduates will develop skills in scientific inquiry and aspire to diverse roles  such as PA education , leadership, and research.


Program Goals for the Master of Science in

Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) curriculum:


Goal 1: Develop the ability to perform a complete physical exam and to organize, integrate, interpret and present clinical data in a clear, concise manner


Goal 2: Support effective and sensitive communication with patients


Goal 3: Develop critical thinking and evaluative skills


Goal 4: Develop effective communication and teamwork skills with health care teams


Goal 5: Provide a comprehensive approach to normal human health and development, both physical and mental


Goal 6: Provide an explanation and demonstration of the skills needed to assess core diseases encountered in primary care


Goal 7: Integrate diagnostic assessment skills with knowledge of patient presentation, pharmacology and health care subspecialties to synthesize appropriate treatment plans


Goal 8: Promote cross-cultural and socioeconomic sensitivity, confront prejudice, and support the development of effective medical practice in a diverse society


Goal 9: Promote a commitment to provide effective, accessible, continuous, comprehensive, and personalized health care


Goal 10: Emphasize the fundamental importance of ethical behavior in medical practice


Goal 11: Promote teaching of patients, community and colleagues


Goal 12: Participate in the generation of new knowledge in medicine, whether through research, health policy administration, or as distinguished practitioners


Goal 13: Develop cutting edge knowledge of the Physician Assistant profession and participate as leaders at the local, state, and national level shaping future policy and legislation to promote Physician Assistant practice


Goal 14: Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness, and integrate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems


Goal 15: Apply knowledge of basic science concepts to facilitate understanding of the medical sciences


Goal 16: Demonstrate basic competency in basic clinical procedures performed by a graduate Physician Assistant


Goal 17: Upon graduation, be prepared to enter the workforce as a gainfully employed Physician Assistant with excellent job search skills and the knowledge to obtain and maintain licensure in any state to practice as a Physician Assistant