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Mission, Vision & Goals

The mission, vision and goals of the Physician Assistant Studies program at Bay Path University

Our Mission

The Bay Path University Physician Assistant Program educates a diverse student body to develop compassionate, culturally aware healthcare providers who advocate for their patients, maintain the highest quality and ethical standards of care, and recognize their obligation to care for the underserved, and fosters the advancement of and leadership in the Physician Assistant profession.

Our Vision

  • Empower Physician Assistant students to take ownership of their learning by engaging them in a transformative, highly personalized learning experience.
  • Utilize technology and innovative teaching strategies to provide PA students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be team-based, lifelong learners.
  • Educate PA students to be prepared and able to adapt to the changing health care environment.

Our Program Goals

  1. Foster the development of compassionate, culturally aware healthcare providers.
    • According to exit surveys of the Class of 2014 and 2015, 81% and 92% respectively, feel prepared as culturally aware healthcare providers.
  2. Matriculate a diverse student body with a commitment to professional involvement and service to all members of their communities.
    • Each of the four matriculated cohorts has enjoyed a diverse (as defined by the CDC) student body at the rate of 20% of each cohort. Ten percent of these students are from Western Massachusetts. Exit surveys from the Class of 2-014 and 2015 indicate 85% of each cohort feels the program enrolls a diverse student body.
  3. Instill the virtues of professional responsibility and ethics.
    • 91% of clinical students were found to possess professional behaviors by preceptor evaluations. Clinical Preceptors felt students exhibited professional behavior 99.4% of the time in the clinical year. According to exit surveys for the Class of 2014 and 2015, 76% and 92%, respectively, feel well prepared professionally and ethically.
  4. Provide Physician Assistant students with superior knowledge and skills for the evaluation, monitoring, diagnosis, treatment, and counseling of patients across their lifespan.
    • Preceptor evaluations of clinical students indicate 99% of students satisfy these criteria with 29% gaining honors recognition. Clinical preceptors felt 89% of BPU PA students had a solid foundation of knowledge throughout the clinical year. According to exit surveys of the Class of 2014 and 2015, 99% of both cohorts felt adequately prepared or better in knowledge and skills as a clinician. 
  5. Prepare Physician Assistant students to function effectively as members of the health care team. 
    • Preceptor evaluations of clinical students indicate that 99% of students exhibit solids interpersonal skills. Clinical preceptors indicated 99% of BPU PA students work well with a team and communicated well. According to exit surveys of the Class of 2014 and 2015, 95% and 99%, respectively, are adequately prepared to become members of the healthcare team. 
  6. Impart the responsibility for lifelong personal and professional development.
    • According to exit surveys of the Class of 2014 and 2015, 76% and 100%, respectively, feel they are prepared for lifelong professional learning. 
  7. Encourage graduates to engage in primary care for all members of their communities. 
    • The Class of 2014 had 7/23 (30%) of students working in primary care (pediatrics, women’s health, and adult primary care) and over 50% (12/23) working in Hampden County. Overall 19/23 graduates are employed in Western Massachusetts.  According to the exit survey 89% of the Class of 2014 and 92% of the Class of 2015 felt encouraged to pursue a career in primary care.