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Mission, Vision and 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 on Education for 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 the Competencies immediately upon graduation.

The EMU PA Program has set forth additional Goals that align with the Program Mission and Vision, along with those of our School, College and University. The Goals, and the methods used to evaluate our ability to meet them, are as follows:

Faculty Clinical Practice

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

  • Measured by the majority of PA faculty continuing clinical practice with multiple different specialties being represented
  • Currently, many of the program faculty practice clinically in general medicine, emergency medicine and oncology.

Medical Knowledge and 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 Student Evaluation
  • First-time PANCE pass rate for our first four cohorts is 100%.
  • During the final clinical preceptorship, the majority of our students were rated by their preceptors as "excellent" in the area of medical knowledge and its application. Additionally, the majority were also rated as "excellent" in their ability to use critical thinking to solve problems.

Diversity in Clinical Practice

Program graduates demonstrate diversity in practice and discipline.

  • Measured by graduates practicing in many different settings and specialties
  • Our graduates are currently practicing in a wide variety of fields: cardiac surgery, critical care medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, endocrinology and infertility, family medicine, internal medicine, gynecologic oncology, intensive care, interventional radiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, rheumatology, trauma surgery and urgent care.

Healthcare Delivery in Michigan

Program graduates provide healthcare to patients in Michigan.

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