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Become a Physician Assistant at Slippery Rock University

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Physician Assistant Studies

The faculty and staff of Physician Assistant Studies at SRU are committed to preparing our graduates to adapt to the ever-changing medical profession, while becoming gainfully employed as mid-level medical care providers and filling the medical needs of the region. Prospective students seeking information about the program should visit the Graduate Admissions Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies or download the Applicant Information Sheet.

Mission Statement

The program focus is to train and develop Physician Assistants, with a passion for special populations, to better meet medical needs. The program will aspire to promote life-long learners while advancing health needs of the regions served by the University. Graduates will have skills and leadership talents to make a difference in the quality of life in the healthcare environment in which they will work.

Visionary Goals

The Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant Program bases its four primary program goals on the mission of the program.

  1. Graduate Physician Assistants with a focus on special populations:
    • Validated by completion of special needs population courses, practicums and clerkships; and
    • Validated by logging patient encounters classified as special populations.
      • SUCCESS: Each graduate of the SRU Physician Assistant Program has completed 6 weeks of clinical experience focused on special populations.
  2. Graduate Physician Assistants will be competent heathcare providers:
    • Validated by benchmark exams.
      • SUCCESS: As of October 2019, two cohorts of students have graduated and the program's NCCPA Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for the Program is 95%.
  3. Graduate Physician Assistants who will exhibit honesty, interpersonal and interprofessional skills while working as members of healthcare teams:
    • Measured by preceptor evaluations, utilizing indicators for professionalism, interpersonal and interprofessional skills.
  4. Graduate skilled, competent Physician Assistants with a knowledge base that contributes to the provision of quality health care in nearby regions
    • Evidenced by completion of Institute of Health care Improvement (IHI) Open School basic certificate in quality and safety.
      • SUCCESS: Each graduate of the SRU Physician Assistant Program has earned the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) open School basic certificate in quality & safety.