Mission, Program Goals, Assessment and Accreditation

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Physician Assistant Program Mission and Goals

In keeping with the mission, vision and values of Saint Elizabeth University, the MS PA Program focuses on supporting and preparing PA graduates who are competent and committed to respectfully serving the patients for whom they provide care. Prepared to be responsible leaders and advocates, graduates of the program will be able to provide leadership within their sphere of influence to promote social justice and quality medical care for all patients.


The mission of the MS PA Program at Saint Elizabeth University is to provide a collaborative, respectful, and spiritually enriched learning environment that educates PAs who are competent and ethical medical providers committed to high-quality patient care as responsible members of the healthcare team. Our graduates will promote the dignity and diversity of all patients, in the spirit of service, social justice, and leadership to the community and the PA profession.


The MS PA Program at Saint Elizabeth University will be recognized as a leader in graduating PAs committed to excellence, servant leadership, and social justice in the provision of medical care to all patients.


The MS PA Program affirms the values of Saint Elizabeth University: Integrity, Leadership, Social Responsibility and Excellence and the translation of these values into the provision of medical care for all individuals.

Program Goals

The program goals flow from the mission of the SEU PA Program and support a learning environment that emphasizes student achievement and service. The rigorous curriculum provides the student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for competent clinical practice with a strong focus on leadership and patient advocacy skills in the spirit of community service and social justice.

The PA Program at Saint Elizabeth University strives to achieve the following:

  1. Prepare competent PAs who exhibit the knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with entry level clinical practice.
  2. Provide a learning environment that promotes academic excellence.
  3. Foster the development of critical thinking skills.
  4. Create a spiritually enriched atmosphere.
  5. Support the academic, professional, and personal growth and development of the student.
  6. Model the collaborative, respectful, and successful healthcare team approach to achieving goals.
  7. Promote respect for patient diversity.
  8. Endorse social justice for all individuals within the context of healthcare.
  9. Encourage leadership at the local, regional and national levels.

The SEU PA Program will publish evidence of the effectiveness in meeting each of the program goals after its first student cohort completes the program.

  • Student Course Evaluations
    • 90% of courses taught in each academic year will have an average response score on the team approach domain that meets or exceeds the benchmark of 3.0 or higher
      Outcome Data: Pending
  • Graduate Exit Survey Results
    • 90% of students will select the benchmark of 3.0 or above in the collaborative team domain
      Outcome Data: Pending
  • Faculty Evaluation of Program Survey Results
    • The faculty will select an overall average of the benchmark of 3.0 or above in the collaborative team domains
      Outcome Data: Pending

For assessments that are linked to multiple goals, specific sub-scale scores or sub-components of the measures are applied to different goals.

ARC-PA Student Attrition Table

  Graduated Classes
  Class of 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 50 50 50
Entering class size 33 40 45
Graduates 28 # #
* Attrition rate 15% # #
**Graduation rate 85% # #


*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.



Please find the most current NCCPA Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) Exam Performance Summary Report: Last 5 Years as provided by the NCCPA.

The SEU PA Program will update this information once it becomes available for our first graduation class.

Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Saint Elizabeth University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Saint Elizabeth University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The PA Program's accreditation history can be found at: http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-st-elizabeth-university/.

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