Accreditation & Program Goals

Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by University of Saint Francis. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Program Goals/Outcomes

The program is committed to preparing physician assistants who can:

  • Successfully pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).
  • Provide primary healthcare services with an emphasis on human caring and the underserved.
  • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic health services appropriate for a wide range of pathophysiologic processes.
  • Develop and implement effective treatment plans for care of common conditions.
  • Perform technical and surgical procedures within the scope of practice.
  • Monitor and manage patients in acute, long-term and ambulatory settings.
  • Facilitate patient referral to appropriate specialty practices and community agencies.
  • Use clinical problem solving to integrate knowledge from the biological and behavioral sciences with medical knowledge and current standards of clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning.
  • Enlarge the knowledge of the discipline by participating in research projects and publishing findings.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior.

View the results of the most recent Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, which reflects the success of the program in achieving its goals. Outcomes are calculated each spring, following August graduation.

Service Learning

The service learning curriculum provides an opportunity for students to carry out and reflect upon volunteer projects that contribute to professional development and aid underserved populations in accordance with the University, School, and Department of Physician Assistant Studies mission statements and the Franciscan Values.

The service learning activities can vary and may or may not be related to medicine or medical care.  It is expected that these hours will continue throughout the entire curriculum with a minimum of 25 service hours completed prior to graduation.