Physician Assistant Studies Accreditation

Program accreditation information.

  • accreditation

    The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the St. Catherine University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by St. Catherine 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 2025. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

  • related information

    MPAS National Certification Exam (PANCE) Scores

    See below for the first-time taker pass rate and score information for the first class of physician assistant students, who graduated in December 2014. Once PANCE first-time taker pass rates are available for future classes they will be displayed for public information.

Class First-time taker pass rate Mean Score National Mean Score National first-time test taker pass rate
2014 100 519 500 95%
  • Program Goals

    The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program strives to:

    • Graduate students who have obtained the foundational knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary for physician assistant certification and practice.
    • Provide an innovative curriculum and resources within a supportive learning community.
    • Emphasize evidence-based primary care practice, highlighting a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.
    • Promote effective and professional communication and interpersonal skills for interaction with patients, their families, peers, consultants and health care team members.
    • Incorporate the critical thinking, clinical reasoning and medical decision-making skills reflective of quality patient care.
    • Emphasize inter-professional and team relationships across disciplines and health professions.
    • 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.
    • Align with the Liberal Arts Goals of St. Catherine University.
    • Promote leadership skills and abilities.
    • Foster an appreciation for research and participate in the generation of new knowledge.
    • Advance understanding of diversity, global responsibility and competence in providing effective medical care in diverse settings.
    • Collaborate with clinical and community partners for reciprocal benefits.
    • Recruit, retain and support the development of a highly qualified faculty.
    • Remain responsive to the health care needs of the community within the context of health care reform.

    The MPAS program's success in meeting published program goals is supported by favorable responses from our inaugural classes responses on the Class of 2014 Graduate Survey.