About the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program
The Mission of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is to educate physician assistants to provide comprehensive quality health care to all, respectful of patient/client values, committed to ethical principles and grounded in evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning. Graduates will contribute to the profession and communities and be prepared to practice medicine in a variety of primary care settings under the supervision of physicians. Graduates will also be prepared to provide service to medically underserved communities and diverse patient populations.
To achieve its mission, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program has three goals:
- To develop highly skilled, interdisciplinary prepared primary care physician assistants who demonstrate the medical knowledge to provide optimal patient care.
- To develop highly skilled primary care physician assistants who are prepared using an interdisciplinary approach and who regularly assess, evaluate and improve their patient care practices.
- To develop highly skilled primary care physician assistants who are prepared using an interdisciplinary approach and who demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with culturally diverse patients and families, professional associates, and a diverse health care system.
Supervised clinical practicums, called Foundations of Cultural Competence and Health Disparities, are arranged for students during the first year to provide students with hands-on patient/client experience that allows students to integrate classroom learning with practical and clinical applications while providing service to the community and to help students develop clinical skills, and emphasize wellness and prevention across the lifespan.
Ongoing self, student, peer, program and professional assessment occur to ensure that the program is reflective of optimal practice.
The Carroll University PA program from a student's perspective (pdf download)