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Mission and Goals

Program Mission

The mission of the Physician Assistant Program is to educate and prepare competent, compassionate, and committed Physician Assistant leaders who, as integral members of the modern professional healthcare team, are driven by academic excellence and will be servant leaders in their communities. The faculty and staff of the Physician Assistant Program will provide academic and clinical excellence in an environment of compassion and team cooperation, seeking to prepare clinicians for a lifelong commitment to continuing education, leadership, and medical service.


The University of the Cumberlands Physician Assistant Program as well as its students aspires to be recognized for the quality of care they render through academic and professional excellence, moral character, integrity, empathy, team effort, and service to those in their communities.

Program Goals

  1. Goal 1: To recruit students from the underserved Appalachian region and nationally who have demonstrated commitment to academic and professional excellence.
  2. Goal 2: Offer a didactic curriculum comprised of basic science and pre-clinical sciences of medicine along with clinical and critical thinking/evaluative skills that provides the foundation required for entry into the clinical phase of the program.
  3. Goal 3: Prepare students to integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and other clinical sciences to evaluate patients, arrive at an appropriate differential, and formulate the best plan of management.
  4. Goal 4: Demonstrate competency in basic clinical procedures expected from a physician assistant prepared for entry into clinical practice.
  5. Goal 5: Offer didactic and clinical experiences that nurture the development of professional judgment and propriety.
  6. Goal 6: Prepare students to apply evidence-based medicine by incorporating knowledge of study designs and statistical methods into the evaluation of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness, and integrating evidence from scientific studies into future clinical practice to improve patient care.
  7. Goal 7: Prepare students to make significant contribution to the community they serve, as well as their profession in the future of health care.
  8. Goal 8: To instill in each student the interpersonal and communication skills necessary for effective information exchange with patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals.
  9. Goal 9: To graduate PAs who extend the services of their supervising physician as part of the physician-PA team and collaborate with other members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team to provide quality patient care.
  10. Goal 10: Regularly review student evaluations, clinical site evaluations and program evaluations, to effectively measure competencies and continue to improve compatibility with NCCPA Blueprint and ARC-PA Standards to maintain the established high standards of academic excellence.

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