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

Entering Cohort Graduation Rate
2017-18 96.0%*
2016-17 100.0%
2015-16 96.0%
2014-15 96.0%
2013-14 94.0%

Students who do not graduate with their class due to unsatisfactory academic progress are given the opportunity to take a leave of absence and create an action plan that will better prepare them for success if they choose to return the following year.

* This class includes students still active in the program as of 7/30/2019. As they complete the program the graduation rate will increase.


Employment Rates

By 6 Months Post Graduation
2018 2017 2016
97% 100% 100%

Source: Graduate and 6-month alumni surveys (average reporting rate 69%)


Physician Assistant Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate 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 five-year official report from NCCPA (pdf)


Program Goals

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