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The mission of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies is to advance the PA profession and improve the health of our communities and the nation by:

  • Developing and graduating a workforce of diverse and inclusive certified PAs with the required clinical knowledge, affective behaviors and psychomotor skills to practice individualized health care in inter-professional teams;
  • Promoting a lifelong desire for continued learning, scholarly activity, service to the community and advocacy within the PA profession;
  • Contributing and coordinating research about the PA profession and the science, delivery, and administration of health care; 
  • Serving all communities of our school, city and the world.


The vision for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to develop the next generation of leaders who will advance health care and the PA profession through our nationally-recognized and academically-rigorous educational and research efforts.