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Program Mission
The mission of the Physician Assistant Program 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 Program 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 Program at both the Williamsburg and Northern Kentucky campuses, as well as its students, aspires 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 underserved regions — in Appalachia and across the country — who have demonstrated commitment to academic and professional excellence.

Goal 2: Offer a didactic curriculum comprised of basic science and pre-clinical sciences of medicine along with clinical and critical thinking/evaluative skills that provides the foundation required for entry into the clinical phase of the program.

Goal 3: Prepare students to integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and other clinical sciences to evaluate patients, arrive at an appropriate differential, and formulate the best plan of management. 

Goal 4: Demonstrate competency in basic clinical procedures expected from a physician assistant prepared for entry into clinical practice.

Goal 5: Offer didactic and clinical experiences that nurture the development of professional judgment and propriety.

Goal 6: Prepare students to apply evidence-based medicine by incorporating knowledge of study designs and statistical methods into the evaluation of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness and by integrating evidence from scientific studies into future clinical practice to improve patient care.

Goal 7: Prepare students to make significant contribution to the community they serve, as well as their profession in the future of health care.

Goal 8: To instill in each student the interpersonal and communication skills necessary for effective information exchange with patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals.

Goal 9: To graduate PAs who extend the services of their supervising physician as part of the physician-PA team and collaborate with other members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team to provide quality patient care.

Goal 10: Regularly review student evaluations, clinical site evaluations and program evaluations, to effectively measure competencies and continue to improve compatibility with NCCPA Blueprint and ARC-PA Standards to maintain the established high standards of academic excellence.

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.