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Physician Assistant Program mission and goals

Program Mission
The mission of the Physician Assistant Programs at both the Williasmburg and Northern Kentucky campuses 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 Programs 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 Physician Assistant Programs at both the Williamsburg and Northern Kentucky campuses, as well as their students, aspire 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


Goal 1: To recruit students from medically underserved regions — in Appalachia and across the country — who have demonstrated commitment to academic and professional excellence.

Goal 2: Provide the graduate with the requisite fund of medical knowledge, in accordance with the NCCPA Blueprint, in order to provide evidence-based medical care in all settings.

Goal 3: Provide the graduate with the clinical and technical skills necessary to provide competent medical care.

Goal 4: Provide the graduate with the interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and other health professionals.

Goal 5: Provide the graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to work collaboratively in interprofessional patient-centered teams.

Goal 6: Provide the graduate with the knowledge and skills to provide medical care regarding issues that affect diverse populations.

Northern Kentucky

Goal 1: Demonstrate ethical behavior and integrity in medical practice.

Goal 2: Exhibit attributes of engaged citizenship and philanthropy.

Goal 3: Support effective and sensitive communication skills with patients and members of the health care team.

Goal 4: Perform a complete physical exam and organize, integrate, interpret and present clinical data in a clear, concise manner.

Goal 5: Apply knowledge of basic science concepts to facilitate understanding of medical sciences.

Goal 6: Illustrate a comprehensive approach to normal human health and development, both physical and mental.

Goal 7: Integrate diagnostic assessment skills with knowledge of patient presentation and pharmacology to formulate appropriate treatment plans.

Goal 8: Demonstrate mastery of basic clinical procedures performed by a PA entering into clinical practice.

Goal 9: Demonstrate refined critical thinking skills and intellectual inquiry to evaluate sources of information and generate new and evolving medical knowledge.

Goal 10: Incorporate skills involving the teaching of colleagues, the community, patients and their families.

Goal 11: Collaborate effectively as a member of an interprofessional health care team.

Goal 12: Promote commitment to provide effective, accessible, continuous, comprehensive and personalized primary and specialized medical care to all populations.

Goal 13: Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness and integrate evidence from scientific studies related to patients’ health problems.

Goal 14: Demonstrate the ability to participate as PA leaders at the local, regional, state and national levels, shaping future policy and legislation to advance the PA profession.

Goal 15: Enter the workforce as a gainfully employed PA with job selection skills and knowledge to obtain and maintain PA state licensure.