Program Goals

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program strives to:

  1. Graduate students who have obtained the foundational knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary for physician assistant certification and practice.
  2. Provide an innovative curriculum and resources within a supportive learning community.
  3. Emphasize evidence-based primary care practice, highlighting a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.
  4. Promote effective and professional communication and interpersonal skills for interaction with patients, their families, peers, consultants and healthcare team members.
  5. Incorporate the critical thinking, clinical reasoning and medical decision-making skills reflective of quality patient care.
  6. Emphasize inter-professional and team relationships across disciplines and health professions.
  7. Value the highest standards of professionalism and the fundamental importance of ethical practice and social justice, thereby reflecting principals of Catholic social teaching and intellectual inquiry.
  8. Align with the Liberal Arts Goals of St. Catherine University.
  9. Promote leadership skills and abilities.
  10. Foster an appreciation for research and participate in the generation of new knowledge.
  11. Advance understanding of diversity, global responsibility and competence in providing effective medical care in diverse settings.
  12. Collaborate with clinical and community partners for reciprocal benefits.
  13. Recruit, retain and support the development of a highly qualified faculty.
  14. Remain responsive to the healthcare needs of the community within the context of healthcare reform.