• Mission, Vision, Goals

    Physician Assistant Program Mission

    The mission of the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program is to prepare competent physician assistants who value and provide comprehensive, patient-centered, culturally sensitive primary care, and are committed to lifelong-learning, professional growth, community health, and caring for underserved populations.

    Physician Assistant Program Vision

    Our vision is to foster a culture of learning by employing innovative educational strategies and a team-based approach within a supportive environment and to provide an application-based curriculum centered on critical principles of health and disease.

    Physician Assistant Program Goals

    Our goals are to prepare physician assistants who achieve the following:

    • First-time PANCE pass rates above the national average
    • Graduation rates of 93% or better
    • Employment rates of 93% or better at six months after graduation
    • Alumni membership and participation in state PA organizations and the AAPA
    • Alumni participation in the UC Physician Assistant Program (e.g. serving on program committees, assisting with interviews, becoming adjunct instructors)

    We strive to prepare students: 

    • Who practice primary care medicine
    • Who are committed to the medically underserved 
    • Who actively participate as members of their community
    • Who assume leadership roles within the profession
    • Who support and sustain the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program

    Over the past year, the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program has been a place of professional and personal growth for me. The faculty has successfully created a unique environment that challenges students by taking them out of their comfort zone while providing support and encouragement. It is evident that our program’s main goal is to transform their students into warm, knowledgeable and open-minded providers worthy of caring for their own loved ones someday.

    — Marisa Blatt, Class of 2016, Huntington, WV