Physician Assistant Studies

Mission, Vision, & Goals


The mission of the South College Masters of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is to educate highly qualified physician assistants, preparing them to become competent, compassionate, and comprehensive health care providers for clinical practice in rural and urban areas, focusing on underserved communities.

Endeavoring to provide students with a comprehensive evidence-based medical education that focuses on the future delivery of excellent health care, the program promotes the importance of health maintenance, health education, the prevention of disease, and the need for a lifelong path dedicated to continuous learning and self assessment. The faculty strive for educational excellence as they prepare physician assistant students to think critically, communicate compassionately, and understand the importance of collaborating in interdisciplinary health care teams to meet patient and family needs within an ever changing health care delivery system.


Our vision is that our graduates will be leaders in the health care community, continuously striving for excellence in their professional endeavors.


The program has six primary goals that are designed to achieve our mission and vision for educating the next generation of highly qualified physician assistants.

  1. Evaluate and select highly qualified applicants for admission into the program.
  2. Provide students with a rigorous didactic curriculum that promotes lifelong learning skills and prepares them for clinical rotations.
  3. Provide students with a comprehensive clinical curriculum that prepares them to pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam and become competent, compassionate, and comprehensive health care providers.
  4. Prepare students to make significant contributions in the communities that they serve, foster their ability to improve patient care practices, and promote the PA profession.
  5. Recruit and select highly qualified faculty to provide innovative education and training of students, and ongoing assessment and improvement      of the program. 
  6. Maintain program accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) through a process of continuous program self-assessment.


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