Our Mission

As the physician assistant program, our mission is to develop highly competent and compassionate physician assistants who are committed to patient-centered care.

Our core values are:

  • Teamwork: A collaborative, multidisciplinary approach is key to providing quality healthcare and is the cornerstone on which the PA profession was built.
  • Integrity: Honesty, respect, and high ethical standards are important traits of a healthcare provider.
  • Professionalism: Standards of professional conduct create role models for others, avoid conflicts of interest, promote cultural competence, and exhibit dedication to quality medical care.
  • Empathy: Compassionate and understanding healthcare providers address the concerns of the whole person

Graduation Rate

Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 50 50 50
Entering class size 51 53 52
Graduates 47 51 48
*Attrition rate 0.08 0.04 0.08
**Graduation rate 0.92 0.96 0.92

Data as of 12/1/20

*Attrition rate calculation:  Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.
**Graduation rate:  Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

Program outcome data published as required by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).


Employment Rates

By 6 Months Post Graduation
2019 2018 2017
100% 97% 100%

Source: Graduate and 6-month alumni surveys (average reporting rate 70%)


Physician Assistant Program Learning Outcomes

Prior to graduation from the DMU PA program, students will have shown the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic scientific principles as they relate to evidence-based clinical medicine.
  2. Take a comprehensive patient history and perform an appropriate physical exam to obtain information needed to formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis for patients across the lifespan, in varying encounter types and settings.
  3. Recognize the epidemiology, etiology, signs and symptoms, and appropriate diagnostic studies necessary to provide an accurate diagnosis for patients across the lifespan, in varying encounter types and settings.
  4. Utilize preventive health measures and manage disease in patients across the lifespan, in varying encounter types and settings, using pharmaceutical therapeutics, clinical interventions, and patient education.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills when interacting with patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team.
  6. Demonstrate sensitivity to the patient’s race, culture, age, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender, and physical and intellectual abilities.
  7. Self-evaluate behaviors and medical knowledge to recognize personal limitations.
  8. Document adequate patient information regarding care provided, for medical, legal, quality assurance and financial purposes.
  9. Analyze and utilize medical literature.
  10. Exhibit professionalism, respect, compassion, and integrity, with accountability to patients, society, and the profession.

PANCE Exam Pass Rate

View the NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report Last 5 Years (pdf)


Program Goals

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