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

Student Attrition

Graduated Classes
Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 50 50 50
Entering class size 52 54 52
Graduates 48 51 47
*Attrition rate 7.7% 5.6% 9.6%
**Graduation rate 92.3% 94.4% 90.4%

Data as of 11/8/2022

*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.

Employment Rates

By 6 Months Post Graduation
2021 2020 2019
100% 78% 100%

Source: Graduate and 6-month alumni surveys (average reporting rate 65%)

Physician Assistant Program Competencies

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. (Medical Knowledge)
  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. (History and Physical Examination)
  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. (Diagnosis)
  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. (Patient Management)
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills when interacting with patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team. (Communication)
  6. Demonstrate sensitivity to the patient’s race, culture, age, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender, and physical and intellectual abilities. (Community and Culture)
  7. Self-evaluate behaviors and medical knowledge to recognize personal limitations. (Professionalism)
  8. Document adequate patient information regarding care provided, for medical, legal, quality assurance and financial purposes. (Healthcare Systems)
  9. Analyze and utilize medical literature. (Evidence-based Practice)
  10. Exhibit professionalism, respect, compassion, and integrity, with accountability to patients, society, and the profession. (Interprofessional Collaborative Practice)

PANCE Exam Performance

Program Goals

Evidence of success
The program maintains a robust process of continuous self-assessment to evaluate performance related to each of its goals and to ensure compliance with ARC-PA’s accreditation standards.

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