Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Mission, Vision, Educational Philosophy and Goals
The mission of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to provide educational experiences which prepare physician assistant graduates to enhance the access to primary medical care for the citizens of rural and medically underserved Eastern North Carolina and beyond in an educational community where faculty, staff, clinical instructors, students, and other health care providers work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, compassion, and commitment.
The vision of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to offer our students educational and experiential opportunities that will allow them to exceed national standards of medical competence as graduates. Our students will develop the professional discernment and human empathy that will facilitate their ability to merge technology and compassionate care throughout their careers as physician assistants.
Educational Philosophy Statement
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality education and instruction possible by immersing faculty and students in an environment that cultivates a sense of academic, professional, and service excellence. We respond to suggestions for modification and enrichment of the program from all who participate in the educational process because we view learning as a reciprocal and collegial interaction.
These specific goals and objectives support the mission and vision of the Physician Assistant Studies Program:
1. To maintain a primary care-oriented educational program that includes exposures to rural and medically underserved populations.
2. Achieve a first time pass rate that meets or exceeds the national average on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) by all graduates.
3. Recruit, select, and educate a highly qualified student population with representation from rural communities without regard to ethnicity, culture, gender, or religion.
4. Students will utilize simulated and practice-based learning in order to develop the clinical competence and skills necessary to practice as physician assistants.
5. Graduates will be able to demonstrate professionalism in their interactions with patients and other members of the health-care team.