Mission & Educational Philosophy


Equip learners to deliver equitable patient-centered care by providing an innovative primary care-focused curriculum, expanding and strengthening community partnerships, and developing leaders in the PA profession.


Leading inclusive and transformative education to advance equity and health.

Educational Philosophy

Our Educational Philosophy assures that we provide a creative and supportive environment for individual learning and growth, within a curriculum that is by necessity highly structured and intense. We view education as a reciprocal, collaborative interaction among faculty and students who are responsible for their own learning. We strive to uphold the values of professionalism in our collegial interactions. We seek continuous quality improvement, and welcome the ideas of all who participate in the program.

Our goals are to educate physician assistants who:

  • Have the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and manage primary care problems;
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other members of the interprofessional care team;
  • Create partnerships with their patients to promote health, prevent disease and positively impact the management of chronic conditions;
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to social, legal and ethical issues;
  • Understand the complexity of the health care system and contribute to positive transformation of health care in America;
  • Relate and respond sensitively to patients and the communities in which they live;
  • Have the desire and potential to grow personally, socially and professionally;
  • Enthusiastically pursue lifelong learning;
  • Contribute to and enrich the PA profession.

We value:

  • Diversity and Equity
  • Inclusivity and Belonging
  • Community and Collaboration
  • Wellness and Compassion
  • Advocacy and Service
  • Integrity and Professionalism
  • Adaptability and Life-long Learning