MSPAS Mission and Goals


The Physician Assistant Studies program trains a new generation of qualified and dedicated advanced practice professionals with a focus on providing safe, patient-centered care to underserved populations in metropolitan and rural settings.


  1. Matriculate a highly qualified, diverse student population who exemplify the mission of the program.
  2. Support student progress through the program to maintain a graduation rate above the national average.
  3. Produce professionals for entry-level practice who possess knowledge, interpersonal skills, and clinical reasoning abilities.
  4. Provide all students with clinical experience with an underserved population in a metropolitan or rural setting.
  5. Provide students with training on cultural sensitivity and ability to work with diverse patients.

Program Success in Achieving Goals

Success In Meeting PA Program Goals 2023

Diversity/Mission Match

CriteriaClass of '21Class of '22Class of '23Class of '24
Franklin College Undergrads11%8.3%0%16.7%
Underserved IN County22%25%20.8%29.1%
Military, veteran, or reserves6%4.2%0%0%
Under-represented in Medicine11%12.5%25%12.5%
Total Mission Match28%37.5%41.7%45.9%

Student Competencies

  • Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired the knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical reasoning and problem solving abilities, clinical and technical skills, and professional behaviors required for entry into PA practice.


NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report (A3.12c)

Data collection for the Class of 2023 (Graduated February 2023) is still in progress.

NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report Last 5 Years (PDF)

Attrition in Detail

Class of '21Class of '22Class of '23Class of '24
Students per Class18242424
Graduation Rate100%100%NANA
Deceleration Rate0000
Withdrawal Rate0004.2%
Dismissal Rate004.2%4.2%

*National Data from the PAEA Annual Report for Comparison

Student Attrition and Graduation Rate (A3.12i)

Graduated Classes
Class of 2021Class of 2022Class of 2023Class of 2024
Maximum entering class size
(as approved by ARC-PA)
Entering class size18242424
* Attrition rate0%04.2%8.3%
**Graduation rate100%100%NANA
*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.
**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.