Physician Assistant (PA)

To produce well-educated and highly-trained Physician Assistants who provide evidence-based medical services within interdisciplinary primary care environments to medically underserved populations in rural or urban communities.


The Central Michigan University Physician Assistant program will:

  1. Provide graduates with the requisite fund of medical knowledge to provide evidence-based medical care in all settings.

  2. Provide the graduate with the clinical skills necessary to provide competent medical care.

  3. Provide the graduate with the skills necessary to demonstrate competence in oral and written communication skills.

  4. Educate students to develop the essential skills of critical thinking and decision-making based on the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and the consideration of patient values, in order to be able to render quality, safe and cost-effective patient centered medical care.

  5. Inculcate in each graduate professionalism as demonstrated by respectful, compassionate, and responsive interactions with patients, peers, and supervisors.

  6. Reinforce collaborative learning and working styles necessary to work within the interdisciplinary health care environment.

  7. Raise awareness of diverse issues that affect medically underserved populations, in order to promote the development of knowledge and skills necessary for providing quality health care for underserved patients.​

How we meet our mission and goals:

  1. ​Evidenced by 100% of  students: (a) earning an overall minimum GPA of 3.0; (b) receiving "Credit" grades for all SCPE rotations by passing the PAEA end-of-rotation examinations; (c) passing the PA Program's comprehensive written and practical summative assessments, and (d) passing first time examination of the post-graduation PANCE, with the CMU program meeting or exceeding the national average outcomes.

  2. Evidenced by 100% of students passing the program's comprehensive summative practical assessment.

  3. Evidenced by 100% of students passing this metric: (a) clinical preceptors evaluation of the communication domain and (b) the faculty team during the program's  comprehensive summative practical assessment.

  4. Evidenced by 100% of students: (a) earning a grade of B or greater in the PHA 645 Crit. Appraisal of Med. Lit. and Evidence Based Medicine course; (b) receiving passing grades in the program's summative written and practical assessments.       
  5. Evidenced by 100% of  students passing this metric: (a) clinical preceptors during the SCPE rotations and (b) the faculty team during the program's  comprehensive summative practical assessment.  

  6. Evidenced by 100% of students: (a) fully particpating in the 2-part IPE seminars facilitated by the CHP's PA, PT, AT and SLP academic programs, CMU's CMed and SW programs, and MidMichigan Community College's Nursing and Ferris State University's PharmD programs; (b) receiving passing scores from the clinical preceptors assessing interdisciplinary teamwork during the SCPE rotations.

  7. Evidenced by: (a) 100% of students earning a grade of B or greater in the PHA 671 Preventive Medicine course (covering health disparities & community medicine); (b) at least 90% of the students having had a supervised clinical mentorship or SCPE rotation in one community designated as a medically underserved and/or health provider shortage area. 

​Additional Data:

  • Forty-two percent of our 2014 graduates are working in primary care practices in Michigan (national average 32%).
  • Thirty-seven percent are employed in underserved areas of Michigan.
  • A 0% withdrawal rate from the program (2013 national rate 2.4%).
  • A deceleration rate of 0.08% (2013 national rate 3.5%).

  • A preceptor preparedness for clinical rotations rating of "prepared beyond expectations​" for the Class of 2014.
  • ​A 91% rating of clinical performance from our clerkship preceptors.
  • An on-time graduation rate of 97.6% (2013 national rate 93.5%).
  • A 96.6% first-time pass rate on the National Certifying Examination (National rate in 2014 was 95%).

[Revised November 2015]