College of Health Sciences

Physician Assistant Program Goals

Mission Statement

The Arcadia University Physician Assistant Program is dedicated to training highly competent, globally aware physician assistants who are prepared to be life-long learners. The Program is committed to fostering excellence in patient care and promoting professionalism, leadership, cultural competency, scholarship, and service.


Program Goals

Goal 1: Maintain first time PANCE pass rate above the national mean
Goal 2: Recruit and retain highly qualified students
  • Outcome 1: The program received 3,194 applications for 102 available seats during the admission cycle for the Class of 2021.  The matriculated students had a median GPA of 3.65 and a mean of 2,724 hours of clinical experience. The program received 3,159 applications for 105 seats during the admission cycle for Class 2022. The matriculated students had a mean GPA of 3.6 and a mean of 1,940 patient care hours.
  • Outcome 2: With an average class size of 104, the average attrition rate for Arcadia University’s PA program over the last three graduated classes is 3.5%, which is well below the national average.
Goal 3: Provide a global perspective to students and faculty by offering global experiences to at least one third of PA students and faculty
  • Outcome 1: The following percentages of students participated in or are scheduled to participate in global experiences:
    • 78% of the Class of 2019
    • 86% of the Class of 2020
    • 56% of the Class of 2021 * (It should be noted that planned International Travel was suspended in march 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Outcome 2: During Academic Year 2017-2018, 44% of principal faculty participated in Global Experiences. For Academic Year 2018-2019, 44% of principal faculty participated in Global Experiences. During Academic Year 2019-2020, 36% of principal faculty planned to participate in Global Experiences.
  • Outcome 3: The University offers thirty-six $6,000 Global Studies scholarships each year to Physician Assistant students.
Goal 4: Promote community service within our student body
  • Outcome 1: 100% of our didactic year students over the past four years have participated in community service learning projects in conjunction with faculty.
Goal 5: Prepare students to provide care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan
  • Outcome 1: Supervised clinical practical experiences are offered in a variety of settings including rural and urban areas both domestically and internationally.
  • Outcome 2: Didactic and clinical courses provide student instruction and assessment in patient care topics across the lifespan. 

Please use the following link to learn more about our program. The admissions tab, accessible via this link, outlines requirements for admission into the program.