Program Goals and Outcomes

The primary goal of the Missouri State University Physician Assistant Program is to produce highly competent physician assistants as indicated in our Mission Statement.  In working towards this goal the Program considers there to be 3 main components to our Mission:  Medical Practice Competency, Advancement of the Physician Assistant Profession, and Service to Society.  These components and related secondary goals, together with our Program’s recent progress in fulfilling them, are described below.

Medical Practice Competency

In meeting the goals of this component, our graduates will:

  • Acquire the requisite knowledge and skills conducive to optimal patient care
  • Be prepared to practice in a competent and ethical manner
  • Be prepared to demonstrate sensitivity toward & appreciation for individual self-determination
  • Be prepared to promote health enhancing behaviors and preventative health care

Recent progress made:

  • Total number of graduates since 2001:  461
  • Number of graduates currently certified by NCCPA:  446
  • Portion of total graduates currently certified:  97%
  • First time PANCE pass rate for Program graduates over the last 5 years:  96%
  • National first time PANCE pass rate over the last 5 years:  96%
  • Class of 2018 pass rate of the Program’s comprehensive written examination and evaluation of clinical skills:  100%
  • Portion of recently surveyed alumni reporting regular promotion of health enhancing behaviors and preventative health care:  94%
  • Portion of recent graduates reporting they were well prepared to begin practice:  97%
  • Portion of alumni who report recommending the MSU PA Program to others:  100%

Advancement of the Physician Assistant Profession

In meeting the goals of this component, our graduates will be prepared to:

  • Develop a commitment to personal and professional growth through lifelong learning
  • Contribute to the profession and community through teaching, leadership, service and research
  • Communicate & work effectively with other members of the health care team & the patient’s family

Recent progress made:

  • Portion of recently surveyed alumni who reported satisfaction with their decision to become a physician assistant:  95%
  • Portion of recently surveyed alumni who reported communicating regularly with other members of the health care team:  100%
  • Portion of recently surveyed alumni reporting active involvement in PA professional organizations:  79%
  • Portion of recently surveyed alumni reporting leadership roles in PA professional organizations:  17%
  • Portion of recent graduates reporting that they were more inclined to become involved in PA professional organizations as a result of their training at MSU:  90%
  • Portion of recent graduates reporting that they were more inclined to become involved in PA leadership as a result of their training at MSU:  77%

Service to Society

In meeting the goals of this component, our graduates will be prepared to:

  • Foster an appreciation for the social & ethical issues related to health care delivery & services
  • Utilize community health resources in a cost-effective manner
  • Serve in areas of need, particularly in rural & inner city health professional shortage areas

Recent progress made:

  • Portion of recently surveyed Program alumni practicing in rural areas:  34%
  • National portion of PAs working in rural areas (2017 data):  16%
  • Portion of recently surveyed alumni reporting involvement in community service:  44%
  • Portion of recent graduates reporting that they were more inclined to become involved in community service as a result of their training at MSU:  87%
  • Portion of recently surveyed alumni reporting the utilization & support of community health resources to enhance patient care:  64%
  • The Classes of 2018 & 2019 conducted fund-raising projects to support MSU Care a clinic which provides free medical care to uninsured, low-income patients.