If you want a great PA program, this is the place.

Take the first step toward a career as a physician assistant (PA). University of the Cumberlands' Williamsburg program offers domestic and international students the opportunity to grow in their knowledge, expertise, and experience in the medical field. With expert professors and hands-on learning, the training you receive at UC will prepare you for a career as a PA and ensure your success whether you work in a hospital or a clinic. You don't have to be a doctor to help your community have better health. Explore all that a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies at UC in Williamsburg has to offer!

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$121,530

Average Salary

31%

Industry Growth

100%

PANCE Pass Rate

#1

Affordable Master's in KY
Curriculum & Degree Requirements

Curriculum & Degree Requirements

Our accredited Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program is designed to teach you the skills you need to provide medical care to patients. The program can be completed in as little as 27 months.

Requirements include 113 credit hours total, 68 of which are earned through didactic coursework in traditional classroom and laboratory settings. All didactic coursework takes place on campus.

The remaining 45 credit hours are comprised of 10 clinical rotation courses, and additional research and professional development courses designed to prepare the graduate for entry into clinical practice. 

Clinical rotation experiences are designed to provide physician assistant program students with supervised experiences that will enable the student to:

  • Assess, diagnose, and manage common acute and chronic problems.
  • Provide preventative health and health maintenance.
  • Integrate with other members of the health care team.
  • Utilize evidence based practices/principles as part of the Physician-PA student team.
  • Record and communicate medical data in an organized, intelligent process.
  • Identify role limitations and indications for referral and consultation.
  • Develop skills and habits necessary for life-long learning.
  • Provide compassionate, culturally competent healthcare to all patients.

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Admission Information

Admission Information

Application and Interview Process

Admission to the Williamsburg Campus MSPAS Program at University of the Cumberlands is competitive. The Physician Assistant Program reviews each applicant who has completed and submitted each component of the admission material and meets the academic requirements. All applicants that meet admissions requirements are awarded points using an applicant score sheet. Consideration is given based on BCP GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), documented clinical experience, letters of recommendation, and applicant residence. Applicants who reside in Appalachia, or a medically underserved area, and those who have completed hours at UC receive additional points on the score sheet.

After the applicant score sheets are completed for those that meet all requirements, the score sheets and application materials are utilized to determine invitations to online interviews. Any student who has completed the Pre-professional Physician Assistant curriculum or has obtained a Bachelor's degree from University of the Cumberlands and met all admission requirements will be given an interview regardless of their application ranking. Applicants invited to an interview, including those who have completed the Pre-professional Physician Assistant curriculum and UC graduates, are not guaranteed admission to the graduate program. All admission and interview materials will be used to select a cohort of 30 qualified candidates.

Because admission information is updated regularly, applicants should verify current requirements linked on the program website. Please review admission requirements prior to submitting an application.

UC MSPAS program application cycle opens in April each year. The deadline for the cycle is August 1st. All admissions material must be verified by this deadline.

Interviews are conducted by Physician Assistant Program faculty and instructors, along with relevant UC administrators. Both individual and group interviews are utilized. Notification of interview is sent to the email submitted on the CASPA WebADMIT system by the applicant. The Physician Assistant Program will send an interview notification at least one week prior to the dates set.

* International students seeking to study in the Physician Assistant program under an F1 student visa can only apply to study at our Williamsburg, KY campus.

Technical Standards

Individuals applying to the University of the Cumberlands Physician Assistant Program at the Williamsburg campus or Northern Kentucky campus must meet certain basic/essential requirements (referred to as the Technical Standards) that are necessary for obtaining employment and performing as a Physician Assistant. The Technical Standards each student must master include cognitive, physical and behavioral characteristics. Reasonable accommodation for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis; but, a candidate must be able to perform in an independent manner. All students must possess the intellectual, ethical, physical, and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the program's core faculty. The following skills are required of each Physician Assistant student, with or without accommodation:

  • Sufficient capacity for observation in academic, clinical, and other medical settings; functional vision, hearing, and tactile sensation sufficient to observe a patient’s condition and perform procedures regularly required during a physical examination
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills sufficient to both academic and healthcare settings
  • Sufficient motor function to carry out movements necessary for patient diagnosis and care; for free movement inpatient care and between facilities and buildings in academic and healthcare environments; physical stamina to complete didactic and clinical coursework
  • Sufficient intellectual ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize, in the context of medical problem-solving and patient care
  • Sufficient emotional health and stability are required for exercising good judgment and promptly completing all academic and patient care responsibilities

Please see full technical standards in the MSPAS Catalog & Policy Handbook (Williamsburg Campus).

Admission Requirements

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The CASPA Application Cycle for our Williamsburg program opens the last Thursday of April each year, and closes on August 1. 

Curriculum for the physician assistant program at our Williamsburg Campus is open to applicants who have earned, or will earn, by the end of the fall semester prior to spring semester entry, a baccalaureate degree and have met, or will have met, by the end of the fall semester prior to spring semester entry, the following prerequisites. 

In addition, the committee has determined that just as a UC 3-2+ student who meets minimum requirements will be guaranteed an interview in that application cycle, any UC student enrolled in a military program with the intention to become a military PA and meets requirements will also be guaranteed an interview in the year in which they apply. 

***The following admissions requirements must be completed by the application deadline of August 1 unless otherwise noted.

Official Transcript Information: In accordance with University of the Cumberlands admissions policies and procedures, those students selected for admission to the MSPAS program at either the Williamsburg campus or the Northern Kentucky campus are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended. These transcripts must be received directly from the college/university. Student-submitted copies are not acceptable. Transcripts should be mailed directly to:

Graduate Admissions Office
649 S. 10th Street Suite C
Williamsburg, KY 40769
Phone: 606.539.4390
Toll-free: 800.343.1609 ext. 4390
Email: gradadm [at] ucumberlands.edu (gradadm[at]ucumberlands[dot]edu)

Transcripts must be received prior to the scheduled class matriculation date or class standing will be revoked. Failure to submit the mandatory transcripts or fulfill any other requirements specified in a conditional offer of admission to the program, prior to the scheduled class matriculation will result in withdrawal of the conditional offer.

Transfer and Course Credit Policy: No transfer credit will normally be accepted for courses in the MSPAS program at either the Williamsburg campus or the Northern Kentucky campus.

The University of the Cumberlands Physician Assistant Program does not grant advanced placement to students or applicants.

  • Completed CASPA application
  • Completed PA Supplemental Application – Once an applicant’s CASPA Application has been verified and reviewed, a link to the Supplemental Application will be provided via email
  • An earned bachelor’s degree with an overall cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • A minimum average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in required pre-requisite courses. Pre-recs must have a grade of C or better.
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the combined Biology, Chemistry, Physics (BCP) as figured by Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
  • Ability to fulfill any university admission requirements
  • Successful completion (as defined above) within ten years prior to admission of the following undergraduate science courses:
    • Anatomy with lab (Human preferred)- 3 semester hours or more
    • Physiology with lab (Human preferred)- 3 semester hours or more
    • Microbiology with Lab- 3 semester hours or more
    • Medical Terminology
    • Upper Level Science Electives - 6 credit hours (Select from Genetics, Embryology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Advanced Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Histology, Parasitology, Virology, Organic Chemistry II, Analytical Chemistry, any upper level Pharmacology course)
    • General Chemistry 1 and 2 with labs- 3 semester hours or more
    • Organic 1 or Biochemistry
    • Psychology (Abnormal or developmental preferred)- 3 semester hours or more
    • Statistics- 3 semester hours or more
  • Direct Patient Contact Hours: The purpose of patient contact experience is to provide prospective students an introduction to medicine allowing the aspiring applicant exposure to medical terminology, common normal and abnormal findings, as well as introduction to critical thinking. It also allows for exposure to team-based care where they will encounter a variety of health care providers and how they work together for patient care. Lastly this provides the aspiring PA students ability to build professionalism skills such as communication, rapport, and accountability. The purpose of PA shadowing experience is to provide prospective students an understanding of the physician assistant profession as a unique member of the health care team. This allows the prospective student to have an understanding of the profession prior to enrollment. To achieve this, any patient care experience and PA shadowing that meets criteria will have to have occurred in specific locations as outlined below:

    Patient Care Experience is paid or unpaid direct patient care and/or observation of medical care occurring in a defined healthcare setting: outpatient clinic, inpatient (hospital, nursing home, long term facility), acute care (urgent treatment facility, emergency room, and prehospital acute care), perioperative care (pre-op, operating room, and post op care in both inpatient and outpatient surgery). 
    PA shadowing experience is direct observation of a physician assistant in the delivery of health care with patients and other members of the healthcare team.

  • Submission of 3 letters of recommendation (Acceptable references: MD, DO, PA, or NP as well as academic advisors)
  • Successful completion of an interview with and positive recommendation from program faculty

*We do not offer advanced placement/accept transfer credit for prior PA coursework. 

  • If admitted: Student will be required to complete a satisfactory level 1 background check, urine drug screen, and physical exam with documentation of required immunizations:
    • Proof of TB Test (positive results will require the students to receive a chest x-ray and further evaluation)
    • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccine and positive Hep B Ab (titer)
    • Proof of MMR vaccine or immunity
    • Proof of Varicella history or vaccination
    • Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis vaccine
    • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination 
    • Annual influenza vaccine while on clinical year
    • Proof of Meningococcal vaccine
    • Pneumococcal polysaccharide PPV vaccine**

**These vaccinations are not required by the program based on current CDC guidelines. If a clinical site requires these vaccinations, students must comply with facility guidelines.

  • Demonstration to program principal faculty of ability to meet the following technical standards:
    • Sufficient capacity for observation in academic, clinical, and other medical settings; functional vision, hearing, and tactile sensation sufficient to observe a patient’s condition and perform procedures regularly required during a physical examination
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills sufficient to both academic and healthcare settings
    • Sufficient motor function to carry out movements necessary for patient diagnosis and care; for free movement inpatient care and between facilities and buildings in academic and healthcare environments; physical stamina to complete didactic and clinical coursework
    • Sufficient intellectual ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize, in the context of medical problem-solving and patient care
    • Sufficient emotional health and stability required for exercising good judgment and promptly completing all academic and patient care responsibilities

** Waivers will be considered by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis. If requesting a waiver for one of the admissions criteria, please contact the MSPAS program. Under no circumstances will the minimum requirements for entrance to the program be waived.

Undergraduate students interested in applying for early admission into the university’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program must have declared as a freshman and complete all course work as 3-2+ at UC. We do not accept transfer students into the 3-2+ pathway. View our Pre-Physician Assistant academics page for more information on that major.

Additionally, students must complete all requirements of the General Education curriculum for undergraduates as outlined in the University of the Cumberlands undergraduate academic catalog. (You can find the catalog on our website.) Admission is made during the third year of undergraduate study. Must complete all admission criteria by the time of matriculation. We allow applicants to have courses in progress at time of application. Completion of the Pre-PA curriculum does not ensure acceptance into the MSPAS program.

Students who complete the Pre-Professional PA curriculum but do not continue on to the professional phase of the PA program will need nine hours of biology, five hours of chemistry and sixteen hours of electives to complete a major in biology. Alternatively, they can complete a Biology of Science degree in Independent Directions with a focus on applied health sciences. A third alternative is to complete a Bachelor of General Studies degree. Information on these alternatives may be found elsewhere in the University of the Cumberlands’ Undergraduate catalog.

Students who successfully complete the pre-physician assistant curriculum and are accepted into the MSPAS program are awarded a Bachelor of Health Science degree by the University after the successful completion of the first year of didactic coursework in the MSPAS program. Students are then awarded the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree after the successful completion of the second year of coursework.

In addition to the admissions requirements noted above for general applicants, the following courses are required prior to application for Pre-professional students:

  • BIOL 113 - Intro. to Population Biology Lab.
  • BIOL 114 - Intro. to Cellular Biology Lab.
  • BIOL 121 - Medical Terminology
  • BIOL 133 - Intro. to Population Biology
  • BIOL 134 - Intro. to Cellular Biology
  • BIOL 244* - Human Physiology OR BIOL 443 - General Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 246 - Biodiversity
  • BIOL 340 - Genetics
  • BIOL 343 - Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 345 - Microbiology
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry Lab. I
  • CHEM 132 - Chemistry 1 w/ lab- 3 semester hours or more
  • CHEM 211 - General College Chemistry Lab. II
  • CHEM 232 - Chemistry 2 w/ lab - 3 semester hours or more
  • CHEM 321 - Organic Chemistry Lab. I
  • CHEM 322 - Organic Chemistry I
  • Upper Level Science Electives - 6 credit hours (Select from Genetics, Embryology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Advanced Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Histology, Parasitology, Virology, Organic Chemistry II, Analytical Chemistry, any upper level Pharmacology course)
  • Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Statistics

*preferred

University of the Cumberlands Pre-Physician Assistant students are not guaranteed admission to the PA program; however, pre-professional UC students that meet all requirements for admission will automatically be granted an interview. Each PA applicant that meets all admissions requirements is graded using an admissions rubric that awards points based on academic performance, geographic location of the applicant, clinical work experience, and letters of recommendation.

In addition, the committee has determined that just as a UC 3-2+ student who meets minimum requirements will be guaranteed an interview in that application cycle, any UC student enrolled in a military program with the intention to become a military PA and meets requirements will also be guaranteed an interview in the year in which they apply. 

Direct Patient Contact Hours: The purpose of patient contact experience is to provide prospective students an introduction to medicine allowing the aspiring applicant exposure to medical terminology, common normal and abnormal findings, as well as introduction to critical thinking. It also allows for exposure to team-based care where they will encounter a variety of health care providers and how they work together for patient care. Lastly this provides the aspiring PA students ability to build professionalism skills such as communication, rapport, and accountability. The purpose of PA shadowing experience is to provide prospective students an understanding of the physician assistant profession as a unique member of the health care team. This allows the prospective student to have an understanding of the profession prior to enrollment. To achieve this, any patient care experience and PA shadowing that meets criteria will have to have occurred in specific locations as outlined below:

Patient Care Experience is paid or unpaid direct patient care and/or observation of medical care occurring in a defined healthcare setting: outpatient clinic, inpatient (hospital, nursing home, long term facility), acute care (urgent treatment facility, emergency room, and prehospital acute care), perioperative care (pre-op, operating room, and post op care in both inpatient and outpatient surgery). 
PA shadowing experience is direct observation of a physician assistant in the delivery of health care with patients and other members of the healthcare team.

*Students will need a minimum of 500 hours of paid employment or volunteer hours; must include a minimum of 50 hours PA shadowing. 

 

 

Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the 8 International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a report from Duolingo. This requirement is waived for students who have completed bachelor’s or master’s level coursework in the U.S. at an accredited institution. The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are: 

  • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) - 550 
  • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) - 79 
  • IELTS - 6
  • Duolingo - 100

Any international coursework completed must have official transcript evaluations completed and submitted to the University by the evaluation firm. Evaluations MUST include GPA for admission.
Approved Evaluation Firms are:

  • World Education Services (WES)
  • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  • International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
  • Educational Perspectives (EP)
  • SpanTran
PA students standing together in PA building's hallway

Tuition

At University of the Cumberlands, we strive to make education accessible and affordable.

Program Metrics

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ClassClass Graduation YearNumber of First Time TakersProgram First Time Taker Pass RateNational First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year
Cohort 320192886%93%
Cohort 420202793%95%
Cohort 520212983%93%
Cohort 620222688%92%
Cohort 7202326100%93%
Cohort 820241493%91%

Five-year first-time taker average pass rate for the program: 90%

Five-year national first-time taker average: 93.2%

Graduated ClassesClass of 2021Class of 2022Class of 2023Class of 2024
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)30303130
*Entering class size30303130
Graduates29262627
** Attrition rate3%13%16%10%
***Graduation rate97%87%84%90%

*This includes the number of joining class cohort who began with different cohort. 

**Attrition rate calculation:  Number of students who attritted from the cohort divided by the entering class size.

***Graduation rate:  Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

CohortWilliamsburg MSPAS Job Placement Rate at 6 Months Post-Graduation*
2020100%
20210% (only 1 respondent)
2022100%
2023TBD 2024

*Rates are based on answers of those responding to the job placement survey.

PA Student Resources

The Williamsburg campus PA program is housed in the 1st & 2nd floors of the Correll Science Complex.

Classrooms

Classrooms

The physician assistant program has two lecture classrooms, all specifically dedicated to the department's use inside the Correll Science Center. Classrooms have a seating capacity of 30 students.

Laboratories

Laboratories

The physician assistant program has two laboratories built specifically for the department.

  • The Procedures/Skills Laboratory is used for patient procedure simulations.
  • The Physical Assessment Laboratory houses our Anatomage "cyber-dissection" table used during the laboratory portion of our anatomy course and other components of the curriculum.

Student Lounge

Student Lounge

A lounge for the physician assistant program students is located in the upstairs corridor of the Correll Science Building. Furnished in the lounge are lockers, cabinets, a refrigerator, a microwave, and a sink.

Library Resources

Available to PA students through the electronic resources supported by the Grover M. Hermann Library are many electronic and online databases to which the library subscribes. The databases have become a major segment of the learning resources available on campus and provide scholarly support for all academic programs, including those in the medical field. Most of these databases include full-text journals and other information resources.

Of the available electronic resources, those that are considered particularly useful to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program consist of the following:

The collaborative agreements of KYVL members facilitate access of students of University of Cumberlands to other libraries and expedite no-fee interlibrary loans from member institutions.

The library catalog, with all electronic resources, may be accessed on-campus or off-campus through the library's website. Also available on the library’s homepage are links to online forms for interlibrary loan requests and to tutorials on accessing and using library resources.

I really loved my time in the PA program in Williamsburg. The small class size allowed for the faculty to really invest in us, and they went above and beyond to help us succeed. In such a rigorous program, it helped to have an environment that felt like a home away from home! 

Chelsea Brooks, PA-C
MSPAS '19

PA Program Goals

  • Outcome

    1A: The Program has exceeded the minimum benchmark for the last three admission years (cohorts 2023, 2024, 2025) at 68%, 80%, and 83% of students who have identified themselves as residing in the medically underserved regions in each incoming Cohort.  

    1B: The Program has been intermittent at meeting the minimum benchmark for the last three admission years (cohorts 2023, 2024, and 2025) at, 52%, 40% and 20% of students, respectively, identifying as Appalachian residency.
  • Outcome

    2A: Students of cohort 2019-2024 have inconsistently demonstrated medical knowledge acquisition through academic score achievement on nationally benchmarked examinations, including PACKRAT I (PR I), PACKRAT II (PR II), EORE, and PANCE. Most recent cohort 2024’s PACKRAT I at or above national average content and task areas: Orthopedics/Rheumatology. Most recent cohort 2023’s PACKRAT II content and task areas all are above national average except for Hematology. Overall Program First-time test taker PANCE rate is 90% for the most recent five cohorts (2019-2023) of data. Most recent cohort 2023 PANCE First Time Test Taker Pass Rate: 100% Most recent available data for cohort 2022’s PANCE at or above national average content and task areas: Gastrointestinal/Nutrition, Psychiatric/Behavioral, Infectious Disease, History Taking and Performing Physical Examination.   

    2B: All students in cohorts 2021, 2022, and 2023 have been given scores above the minimum benchmark for Applying Basic Science Concepts, Health Maintenance, Patient Education, and Preventative Measures by their preceptors on the PES.  

    2C: Eighty-six percent of students of cohort 2022 positively appraised their acquisition of knowledge in the didactic year but all positively appraised their acquisition of medical knowledge on the clinical year.  Ninety-four percent of students of cohort 2023 positively appraised their acquisition of medical knowledge in both the didactic year and on the exit survey. All of the Cohort 2024 students positively appraised their acquisition of medical knowledge in the didactic year. The Cohort 2024 clinical year data and Cohort 2025 didactic year data will be available October of 2024.

Outcome

3A: All students scored below the national average in H & P, Lab and Diagnostics, Clinical Therapeutics, Clinical Interventions, and Forming the Most Likely Diagnosis areas on PACKRAT I. and PACKRAT II in cohort 2022, cohort 2023, and 2024. Students have scored consistently above the national average on PANCE.  Students of Cohort 2020, 2021, and 2022 have scored below the national average in Lab and Diagnostics, Clinical Interventions, and Forming the most likely Diagnosis on PANCE.  Students of Cohort 2020, 2021, and 2022 have scored above the national average in Clinical Therapeutics on PANCE.  

3B: Overall average for End of didactic OSCE is above the minimum benchmark of 75% for students of cohort 2024, and when stratified by task areas by a number of students in each respective cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023, All but one student in cohort 2024 was above benchmark. The majority of all students scored at or above benchmark on all task areas except for pharmaceutical therapeutics and medical record documentation on the clinical phase summative OSCE for cohort 2023. Students of Cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 consistently had cohort average PES scores above the minimum benchmark in all assessed cohorts.  Outcome data for didactic Cohort 2025 and clinical Cohort 2024 will be available October 2024.  

3C: All students of Cohorts 2021, 2022, and 2023 have positively appraised their competency acquisition of clinical and technical skills necessary to provide competent medical care on the NCCPA Self-Evaluation of Competencies exit survey. Outcome data for Cohort 2024 will be available October 2024.

  • Outcome

    4A: In cohort 2020, 44% of the class, in Cohort 2021, 48% of the class, and in Cohort 2022, 58% of the class scored at or above the national average on the professional practice task area on the PANCE. Outcome data for Cohort 2023 will be available October 2024.    
     
    4B: Analysis of Cohort 2021’s, 2022’s, and 2023’s students’ Preceptor Evaluation of the Student (PES) data reveals students achieving above minimum benchmark in all the following areas: Professional Practice and Patient Education.   Outcome data for Cohort 2024 will be available October 2024. 
     
    4C: All students of Cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 have positively appraised their interpersonal and communication skills on the NCCPA Self-Evaluation of Competencies exit survey.  Outcome data for Cohort 2024 will be available October 2024.
  • Outcome

    5A: In cohort 2020, 44% of the class, in Cohort 2021, 48% of the class, and in Cohort 2022, 58% of the class scored at or above the national average on the professional practice task area on the PANCE. Outcome data for Cohort 2023 will be available October 2024.     

    5B: Cohorts 2023, 2024, and 2025 have demonstrated working collaboratively in interprofessional patient-centered teams through IPE Assignment in the didactic year. Clinical Cohorts 2020-2023 have 93% or greater logging of IPE exposure on EXXAT during the Clinical year. Clinical Cohorts have Professional Practice PES scores above the minimum benchmark, supporting adequate IPE exposure in all cohorts.  Outcome data for didactic Cohort 2026 and clinical Cohort 2024 will be available October 2024.  

    5C: All students of Cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 have positively appraised their ability to work collaboratively in interprofessional patient-centered teams on the NCCPA Self-Evaluation of Competencies exit survey.  Outcome data for Cohort 2024 will be available October 2024.

  • Outcome

    6A: In cohort 2020, 44% of the class, in Cohort 2021, 48% of the class, and in Cohort 2022, 58% of the class scored at or above the national average on the professional practice task area on the PANCE. Outcome data for Cohort 2023 will be available October 2024.  
     
    6B: Students of Cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 have demonstrated knowledge and skills to provide medical care regarding issues that affect diverse populations with the achievement of scores above the minimum benchmark in the Professional Practice and Caring for Diverse Populations sections of the Preceptor Evaluation of the Student (PES). Outcome data for Cohort 2024 will be available October 2024.
     
    6C: All students of Cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 have positively appraised their ability to provide medical care regarding issues that affect diverse populations on the NCCPA Self-Evaluation of Competencies exit survey. Outcome data for Cohort 2024 will be available October 2024.

 

Program Competency

Description

Evidenced by:

Clinical and Technical Skills

A PA that is competent in Clinical and Technical Skills provides person-centered care that includes patient- and setting-specific assessment, evaluation and management, and healthcare that is evidence-based, supports patient safety, and advances health equity.

1. Successful completion of the MPAS 530-533 Patient Assessment courses.
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 
 

2. Successful completion of the MPAS 505-506 Medical Procedures courses. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 
 

3. Successful completion of the summative OSCE that occurs during the didactic phase. 
 

100% cohort 2022, 2023, and 2024 
 

4. Successful completion of the OSCE component of the summative evaluation that occurs during the clinical phase. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2023 

96% cohort 2022 
 

5. Completion of the Master Competency List (MCL) component of the summative evaluation that occurs during the clinical phase. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023

Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Abilities

A PA that is competent in Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Abilities synthesizes and analyzes pertinent clinical data to diagnose and implement appropriate management plans for diverse populations across the lifespan.

1. Successful completion of the MPAS 530-533 Patient Assessment courses. 
 

100% cohort 2022, 2023, and 2024 
 

2. Successful completion of the MPAS 501-503 Integration Seminar courses. 
 

100% cohort 2022, 2023, and 2024 
 

3. Successful completion of the summative OSCE that occurs during the didactic phase. 
 

100% cohort 2022, 2023, and 2024 
 

4. Successful completion of the MPAS 600-670 SCPE courses. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 
 

5. Successful completion of the OSCE component of the summative evaluation that occurs during the clinical phase. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

A PA that is competent in Interpersonal and Communication Skills effectively exchanges information and collaborates with patients, their families, and health professionals.

1. Successful completion of the MPAS 530-533 Patient Assessment courses. 

 

100% cohort 2022, 2023, and 2024 
 

2. Successful completion of MPAS 581 Health Care Issues I course. 
 

100% cohort 2022, 2023, and 2024 
 

3. Successful completion of the summative OSCE that occurs during the didactic phase. 
 

100% cohort 2022, 2023, and 2024 
 

4. Successful completion of the MPAS 600-670 SCPE courses. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 
 

5. Successful completion of the OSCE component of the summative evaluation that occurs during the clinical phase. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 
 

6. Successful completion of a program-designed Interprofessional Experience (IPE) activity. 

 

100% cohort 2023, 2024, and 2025

Medical Knowledge

A PA that is competent in Medical Knowledge demonstrates an understanding of established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.

1. Successful completion of MPAS didactic courses with a final letter grade of “C” or above. 

 

100% cohort 2022, 2023, and 2024 
 

2. Successful completion of MPAS 600-660 SCPE courses. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 
 

3. Successful completion of the exam component of the summative evaluation (The PAEA End of Curriculum Exam) that occurs during the clinical phase. 

 

100% cohort 2021, 2023 

96% cohort 2022

Professionalism

A PA that is competent in Professionalism is committed to practicing medicine in ethically and legally appropriate ways and emphasizing professional maturity and accountability for delivering safe and quality care to patients and populations.

1. Achievement of an at or above benchmark scores on the professionalism assessment component of the summative evaluation that occurs during the clinical phase (i.e. the Summative Professional Assessment Tool (SPAT)) 

 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 
 

2. Achievement of an at or above benchmark cumulative average score for the Professional Practice component of the Preceptor Evaluation of the Student (PES) for MPAS 600-670. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023 
 

3. Successful completion of the MPAS 550, 581, 582, 591, 680, 692, 693 courses. 
 

100% cohort 2021, 2022, and 2023

*Table updates with available data each October for the most recent cohort data.  

Physician Assistant Faculty Experts

Learn more about the professors you will interact with in our physician assistant program. 

Dr. Dana Campbell

Dr. Dana Campbell

Department Chair - Physician Assistant Programs
Master Physician Assistant Studies - Williamsburg Campus

Dr. Dana Campbell

Contact Information

dana.campbell [at] ucumberlands.edu
Correll Science Center | Williamsburg Campus
Kim Rose

Kim Rose

Associate Program Director/Assistant Professor, MHSC, PA-C
Master Physician Assistant Studies - Williamsburg Campus

Kim Rose

Contact Information

kimberly.rose [at] ucumberlands.edu
Correll Science Center | Williamsburg Campus
Dr. Geogy Thomas

Dr. Geogy Thomas

Medical Director / Assistant Professor
Master Physician Assistant Studies - Williamsburg Campus

Dr. Geogy Thomas

Contact Information

geogy.thomas [at] ucumberlands.edu
Correll Science Center | Williamsburg Campus

Accreditation

In addition to our overall institutional accreditation through SACSCOC, the PA program in Williamsburg, KY, has received accreditation from specialized accrediting bodies. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of the Cumberlands Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of the Cumberlands. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website

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