Accreditation


At its March 2019 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the St. Ambrose University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by St. Ambrose University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2021.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).


Message from the Program Director:
The St. Ambrose University PA program is an accredited program that continues to achieve excellent outcomes. Our program has recently completed a rigorous self-study followed by a routine site visit from our accrediting body, the ARC-PA. After this process our program received the following accreditation status: accredited-probation. Over the next two years, we will make changes to our program's overall evaluation and assessment processes as well as modifications to the student learning objectives in some of our courses. The program accepts these findings and we will continue to work with the ARC-PA to strengthen areas they have identified for improvement. In addition, the program will host another evaluation visit by ARC-PA during the 2020-2021 academic year. The St. Ambrose University administration is in full support of our program and will continue to support our continued development.

All students who enter a program with this accreditation status and complete all graduation requirements are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam and to secure employment in the field. St. Ambrose University's PA program has a dedicated team of faculty and staff who are committed to continuing to prepare excellent, well trained physician assistants.

I am available to answer any questions you might have regarding the above information or statement from the ARC-PA.

Kerry Humes, MD
Program Director
humeskerryl@sau.edu

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 52804
563-333-5886
PA@sau.edu

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