Our Mission

The mission of the Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies Program is to graduate physician assistants who provide highly competent, patient-centered, and compassionate health care. Our physician assistants will serve as an integral member of healthcare teams and will demonstrate leadership, service, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Our Vision

The Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies Program will provide an innovative relationship-based teaching and learning model including competency-based educational outcomes that challenge students and faculty to develop a healthcare learning community. Our graduates will transfer their healthcare knowledge to their patients and communities of service and our graduates will enhance the diversity of the PA profession.

Our Program Goals

Goal One

Recruit highly qualified applicants to include those underrepresented* in health care and U.S. military veterans. Composite data about accepted students is published and will be subsequently reported annually. The graduate rate will be published annually beginning in 2019.

*The AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.

Goal Two

Develop, implement, and maintain a program whose focus is to graduate students with the knowledge, technical and professional skills for embarking on a physician assistant practice.

Goal Three

Provide our students with inter-professional education and simulation experiences in preparation for clinical practice.

Goal Four

Faculty, staff, and students are involved in professional and community engagement activities.

Accreditation Statement

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.