Physician Assistant Studies Program Goals

The MPAS program measures the success of meeting the program's goals through evaluations made by our graduates.


  • Alumni Survey Results

    Meeting our Program Goals

    Annually, graduates who have completed the program in the preceding 6 months are asked to complete an alumni survey that, in part, asks them to rate the program's success in meeting each of the program goals on a 1–5 scale. The program defines meeting its goals by mean alumni cohort response of a 3.8 or higher. This has been obtained for all goals, throughout all years of collected data.


Program Goals Mean Score-Class of 2014 Mean Score-Class of 2015 Mean Score-Class of 2016
Provided me with the foundational knowledge, skills, and professional attributes necessary for PA certification and practice 4.59 4.5 4.39
Provided an innovative curriculum and resources within a supportive learning community 4.32 4.36 4.43
Emphasized evidence-based primary care practice, highlighting a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and wellness 4.5 4.43 4.32
Promoted effective and professional communication and interpersonal skills for interatction with patients, their families, peers, consultants, and health care team members 4.64 4.5 4.39
Incorporated the critical thinking, clinical reasoning and medical decision-making skills reflective of quality patient care 4.55 4.54 4.43
Emphasized inter-professional and team relationships across disciplines and health professions 4.36 4.36 4.36
Valued the highest standards of professionalism and the fundamental importance of ethical practice and social justice, thereby reflecting principals of Catholic social teaching and intellectual inquirey 4.23 4.21 4.36
Promoted leadership skills and abilities 4.41 4.14 4.14
Fostered an appreciation for research and participation in the generation of new knowledge 4.05 3.89 3.96
Advanced understanding of diversity, global responsibility and competence in providing effective medical care in diverse settings 4.55 4.36 4.11
Collaborated with clinical and community partners for reciprocal benefits 4.43 4.32 4.04
Recruited, retained and supported the development of a highly qualified faculty 4.18 4.21 4.32
Remains responsive to the health care needs of the community within the context of health care reform 4.36 4.21 4.29
Aligned with the liberal arts goals of St. Catherine University 4.23 4.07 4
Average of all scores for Program Goals 4.385714286 4.292857143 4.252857143