Eastern Michigan University

Mission, Vision & Goals

The Eastern Michigan University PA Program is a twenty-four month, full-time, year-round graduate professional program leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. The EMU PA faculty and staff, with input from the PA Advisory Board, developed and continue to review/assess the following Mission, Vision and Goals to serve as the basis for the program.


The Eastern Michigan University Physician Assistant Program mission is to identify, train and support a diverse population of graduate students to become highly respected ambassadors of the profession and extraordinary healthcare providers with a strong foundation in primary care medicine and interdisciplinary practice.


Our physician assistant program is dedicated to teaching students the science and art of medicine. Our clinically-focused curriculum will promote critical thinking and patient-centered problem solving. We are committed to producing graduates who will master the skills required to competently and compassionately practice preventive and diagnostic medicine, and foster the interpersonal and collaborative attributes necessary to become exemplary medical providers.


The Eastern Michigan University Physician Assistant Program embraces and supports the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession as developed jointly by the National Commission on Accreditation of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the Accreditation Review Commission for Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). The Competency areas serve as headings throughout our PA Program course syllabi. However, we recognize that graduates of the program may not fully possess all of these Competencies immediately upon graduation.

In October, 2015, members of the EMU PA Program Faculty and Staff reviewed and analyzed our Program Goals and decided to revise them to best reflect our individual PA Program while still aligning with our Program Mission and Vision along with those of our School, College, and University.  Effective November 2015, the EMU PA Program Goals and our planned methods to evaluate our ability to meet the Goals are as follows:

Faculty Clinical Practice

Program faculty provide a wealth of relevant clinical practice experience across a wide variety of clinical specialty areas

  • Measured by the majority of PA faculty continuing clinical practice with multiple different specialties being represented

Medical Knowledge & Application

Program graduates demonstrate high levels of medical knowledge and effectively apply that knowledge to patient care

  • Measured by first-time NCCPA PANCE pass rate and Clinical Preceptorship Evaluation of Students

Diversity in Clinical Practice

Program graduates demonstrate diversity in practice and discipline

  • Measured by graduates practicing in many different practice settings and specialties

Healthcare Delivery in Michigan

Program graduates provide healthcare to patients in Michigan

  • Measured by the vast majority of PA Program graduates clinically practicing in our state
The Physician Assistant Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090