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 ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

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