Accreditation


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the St. Ambrose University Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

PANCE Scores (pdf)

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Mission


The mission of the St. Ambrose University Physician Assistant Program is to prepare physician assistants to deliver high-quality patient-centered care with compassion and respect.

The program provides a supportive environment to assist students as they develop into professionals with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the health and welfare of their communities.


Program Goals


  1. Maintain an accredited MPAS program
    This goal is achieved by the St. Ambrose University Physician Assistant Program having provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
  2. Maintain a level of PANCE pass rate above the national average.
    St. Ambrose University's program has had two classes take the PANCE exam since the start of the program in 2014. Both graduating classes have been above the national average for first-time test takers, with a 100% for the Class of 2017 and 97% for the Class of 2016. Overall pass rate has been 100% for both graduating classes.
  3. Meet the primary care workforce needs – especially in rural and underserved populations.
    a. The curriculum at St. Ambrose University is designed to help prepare students to work in the primary care field with seven out of nine required rotations in a primary care field.
    b. St. Ambrose University has graduated two classes thus far with >50% of graduating students working in primary care in a rural or underserved area.
  4. Demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism
    a. Students at St. Ambrose University are evaluated each semester by their professors and preceptors to ensure they maintain the highest standards of professionalism.
    b. All cohorts have had > or =95% of students meet or exceed this goal.
  5. Work effectively with other members of the healthcare team
    a. Students at St. Ambrose University are evaluated each semester by their professors and preceptors to ensure they maintain the highest standards of professionalism.
    b. All cohorts have had > or =95% of students meet or exceed this goal.
  6. Demonstrates service or assumes a leadership role within the profession and the community
    a. The St. Ambrose University Physician Assistant Program encourages throughout the program and after graduation.
    b. Students have assumed leadership roles in the PA student society.
    c. Student service hours have ranged from 6-12 hours per student per year.
  7. Recruit and retain qualified applicants
    The success of this program is based on attracting and recruiting highly qualified applicants that will be able to handle the rigor of this type of teaching format. Each year, approximately 80 applicants are interviewed for the 30 seats available. Our data, along with our graduation and PANCE pass rates indicate that we recruit highly qualified applicants. Since the first class has matriculated in June 2014, only one student has withdrawn from the program. This demonstrates that the program selects students that will perform well in a rigorous educational program.

Contact


Angie King

Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Center for Health Sciences Education #287
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-5886
PA@sau.edu

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