1. To select highly qualified applicants through a non-discriminatory admissions process.
2. To provide an educational experience to produce competent physician assistants trained to provide quality health care to diverse populations in primary and specialty settings.
3. To emphasize the importance of life-long learning skills and the need to adapt to an ever evolving health care environment.
Goal Number 1: The PA program at Alderson – Broaddus University has selected highly qualified candidates through a non – discriminatory process. For the class beginning in May 2012, the program received 220 applications and interviewed 48 applicants. The resulting class of 30 students had a mean overall GPA of 3.36. Our criteria are reviewed yearly by the admissions committee and the PA program faculty. The success of the admissions process will be analyzed in the future in the context of student performance and graduate outcomes.
Goal Number 2: Our program has not had a class that has graduated to date, but the program will collect data on the PANCE examination and publish when it is available. Formative evaluation of our current students and feedback from their clinical preceptors indicates a successful curriculum that prepares students well for clinical clerkships. The curriculum prepares students for clinical practice with diverse populations
Goal Number 3 – All students in the program are required to take a Biostatistics and Evidence Based Medicine Course in the first semester which provides the foundational skills for life - long learning. These skills are reinforced through course-work, assignments, and in clinical practice.