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Mission and Goals

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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Clarkson University Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to educate Physician Assistants to become highly skilled and compassionate health care providers. The program will encourage an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on patient-centered care.

Graduates will become leaders in the health care community, continuously striving for excellence in their professional endeavors while compassionately providing for the health care needs of those they serve.

 The goals of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies are to:

  1. Identify for admission those individuals with the academic ability, clinical experience, interpersonal skills, and maturity necessary to become outstanding Physician Assistants.
  2. Provide a coordinated, comprehensive didactic and clinical curriculum that will allow graduates to deliver the highest quality of health care services.
  3. Promote a didactic and clinical educational environment that embraces the concepts of continuous communication, cooperation, and compassion.
  4. Promote an atmosphere of "learner-centered" education that empowers students to become self-directed learners.
  5. Instill in students the core values of Clarkson University and the importance of staying in the Clarkson region to practice after graduation.
  6. Provide students with the medical knowledge, clinical skills, and caring attitude needed to practice as a Physician Assistant anywhere and within any type of clinical practice.
  7. Contribute knowledge to the medical community by performing research or other forms of academic activity through the students' Master's Project, which may be utilized as a community resource or published in a professional journal.
  8. Continually promote a comprehensive approach to health and disease by emphasizing health maintenance, disease prevention, and life-long learning.
  9. Develop in students an appreciation of the dignity of the individual and each individual's right to a quality life with consideration for the culture and diversity of each patient.
  10. Promote continued professional growth through life-long learning.
  11. Highlight the importance of community service by incorporating service learning into the curriculum while fostering a commitment to future volunteerism in our students.
  12. Encourage graduates to strive for excellence in clinical practice while employing professional ethics as a member of the health care team focused on service to others.

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies will prepare individuals to become valued members of the health care team licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.

Success in Achieving Program Mission and Goals

In its short time in existence, the Department of PA studies can point to a number of areas within our mission and goals where success has been achieved.

We have a well-honed selection process for our applicants. We only invite for interview those candidates we feel have an excellent chance of success as future PA. This process has led to a small attrition rate with excellent students and graduates.

Our program environment and curriculum has resulted in students that are well received in the medical community in their clinical phase, as well as graduates that our local health care systems are eager to employ.

The learner-centered atmosphere contributes to our students recognizing that education is a life-long endeavor that is just beginning with their PA education.

The Clarkson University values are the essence of our department values. What those values mean to an applicant are part of our supplemental application packet. We post those values prominently in our department and strive to live those values in all we do.

Guided by the PA core competencies and accreditation standards, we have prepared our graduates to work in any type of practice available to PAs.

Our students' research has provided impetus for change in our community and has involved clinicians and Clarkson faculty members.

Service has been an integral part of our student's experience. Our students have volunteered for our local Hospice, Food Bank, Christmas Fund, Office of the Aging, blood pressure screenings, Relay for Life, and a Red Cross blood drive. Many students went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with plans in place to continue yearly missions. The students also initiated the inaugural Teddy Bear Toss that resulted in over 500 stuffed animals donated for children at area hospitals and clinics.

Department motto: a posse ad esse - from possibility to reality