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MPA Mission

The Mission, Vision and Goals of the Physician Assistant Program

The Master in Physician Assistant Studies program at Stephens College is inspired by the Mission, Vision and Values of Stephens College, and shaped by our commitment to the Mission, Vision and Goals of our program as well. 


The mission of the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program is to educate and prepare clinically astute, compassionate, and patient-centered physician assistants who will become leaders in their profession, while remaining dedicated to meeting the needs of the medically underserved. Graduates will be ethical professionals, committed members of the healthcare team, practitioners of evidence-based medicine, and providers of quality healthcare for those they serve.


Since 1833, Stephens College has been committed to excellence. It has always been (and always will be) our mission to provide our students with the thoughtful curriculum and experiential learning it takes to be competitive as they pursue their chosen career. Stephens College is proud to offer a PA program that extends that commitment.

Program highlights will include: 

  • Breadth of choices for clinical rotations in a variety of settings 
  • Small class sizes allowing for individual attention 
  • Modern newly built lab and classroom facilities
  • Knowledgeable faculty with extensive experience in the field 
  • Commitment to mentorship and advising 


The goals of the PA program are to prepare physician assistants who:

Targeted Outcome:

1. Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and treat patients with various medical conditions

Graduate cohorts will achieve at least the national average on the PANCE

2. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to clinical practice and contribute to development of new knowledge

100% of students will complete peer-reviewed evidenced-based capstone research projects

3. Exhibit professionalism, characterized by trustworthiness, ethical practices, integrity, empathy, cultural sensitivity, and effective interpersonal communication

Preceptor evaluations and employer surveys will evidence qualities of professionalism among 100% of students and graduates

4. Contribute effectively to inter-professional health care teams

Preceptor evaluations and employer surveys will indicate effective contribution to the healthcare team among 100% of students and graduates

5. Demonstrate commitment to the medically underserved

Graduate and employer surveys will indicate that 20% or more of graduates provide care for the underserved.

6. Continuously strive to improve their practice and contribute to quality improvement and safety of healthcare systems

1-, 3- and 5-year graduate and employer surveys will indicate that 80% or more of graduates contribute to quality improvement in their institutions.

7. Demonstrate a spirit of lifelong learning

1-,3- and 5-year graduate surveys will indicate 30% of graduates pursue advanced degrees and/or certification (e.g., doctoral degrees, CAQs, residencies/fellowships) and/or research or teaching opportunities.

8. Enrich the PA profession through leadership

5-year graduate and employer surveys will indicate 25% of graduates have leadership positions in healthcare organizations and/or professional organizations or healthcare committees.

9. Practice compassionate patient-centered care

1-, 3- and 5-year employer surveys indicate 100% of graduates practice patient-centered care.


Accreditation note:

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program Sponsored by Stephens College.

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.

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