Mission and Learning Outcomes

The mission of the physician assistant studies program

In accordance with Missouri State’s mission in public affairs, our program seeks to prepare highly competent physician assistants to practice primary care medicine in the context of team-delivered care in a rapidly evolving health care arena. Using the resources of the College of Health and Human Services and affiliated clinical sites, we seek to provide comprehensive didactic and clinical educational experiences for students, incorporating the principles of scientific inquiry, self-directed study, critical analysis and problem solving – all within the context of holistic care.

Physician Assistant students studying

The vision for our graduates

As such, we are committed to the education of physician assistants who will accomplish the following objectives:

  • Acquire the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes conducive to providing optimal patient care.
  • Practice in a competent and ethical manner.
  • Develop a commitment to personal and professional growth through lifelong learning.
  • Foster an appreciation for the social and ethical issues related to health care delivery and services.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity toward and appreciation for individual self-determination.
  • Promote health enhancing behaviors and preventive health care.
  • Contribute to the profession and community through teaching, service and research.
  • Communicate and work effectively with other members of the health care team and the patient’s family.
  • Utilize community health resources in a cost-effective manner.
  • Be committed to serving in areas of need, particularly in rural and inner city health professional shortage areas.

Physician examining a patient

Learning outcomes for our students

Our mission and vision are realized through specific tangible learning outcomes program graduates will:

  • Demonstrate competencies consistent with best practices in their discipline.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically, to analyze complex and diverse concepts, and to use reason and judgment.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in academic and professional settings.
  • Interact effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and work through differences with civility.
  • Exhibit ethical leadership skills in professional practice and community service.
  • Utilize knowledge and skills related to their discipline to engage in activities that directly benefit the University or the civic community.
  • Demonstrate readiness to pursue lifelong learning through continuing education, scholarship, service, and participation in professional organizations.