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.

Goals

  1. Recruit and 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 the PA profession competencies including knowledge, interpersonal, clinical and technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem solving abilities.
  4. Provide all students with at least one clinical experience with an underserved population in a metropolitan or rural setting.
  5. Connect graduates with meaningful employment opportunities to provide quality healthcare to underserved populations in a metropolitan or rural setting.

PANCE Performance

NCCPA Results Table

ClassClass Graduation YearGroupNumber of Candidates Who Took PANCENumber of Exam AttemptsNumber of Exams PassedProgram Exam Pass RateNational Exam Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year% of Candidates who Ultimately Passed PANCE
Class of 20212021
All Takers18211886%91%100%
First-Time Takers18181689%93%100%

Program Success in Achieving Goals

Success in Meeting PA Program Goals 2021 (PDF)

Goal 1. Recruit and matriculate a highly qualified, diverse student population who exemplify the mission of the program.

Matriculant vs. Applicant Qualifications

CriteriaFC Admissions MinimumClass of '21
Mean (Range)
Class of '22
Mean (Range)

Class of '23
Mean (Range)
Class of '24
Mean (Range)
2010 Applicants
Mean

Cumulative GPA3.003.60
(3.28-3.89)
3.67
(3.35-3.96)
3.68
(3.11-3.97)
3.73
(3.3-3.97)
3.66
BCP GPA3.003.44
(3.01-3.85)
3.52
(3.19-4.0)
3.55
(3.23-4.0)
3.64
(3.05-4)
3.49
Science GPAN/A3.52
(3.13-3.89)
3.61
(3.19-4.0)
3.61
(3.23-4.0)
3.68
(3.16-4)
3.31
Junior, Senior, Graduate GPAN/A3.67
(3.13-3.87)
3.71
(3.38-4.0)
3.74
(3.33-4.0)
3.79
(3.36-4.0)
3.37
Patient Care Hours200h4302h
(825-18,856)
2407h
(260-6110)
329h
(580-18,298)
1,232h*
(0-19,800)
1,499
Shadowing (PA&MD)Recommended74h
(0-118)
93h
(0-320(
65h
(0-426)
89h
(0-454)
124

Diversity/Mission Match

CriteriaClass of '21Class of '22Class of '23Class of '242021 Applicants
Female89%71%87.5%79%71.6%
Male11%29%12.5%21%28.4%
Age24.2025.124.2023.2124.39
Franklin College Undergrads11%8.3%0%16.7%1.96%
Underserved IN County22%25%20.8%29.1%9.1%
Military, veteran, or reserves6%4.2%0%0%1.4%
Under-represented in Medicine11%12.5%25%12.5%16.7%
Total Mission Match28%37.5%41.7%45.9%33%

PA Program Progression

Goal 2. Support student progress through the program to maintain a graduation rate above the national average.

Class of '21Class of '22Class of '23Class of '24
Students per Class18242424
Graduation Rate100%100%NANA
Deceleration Rate0000
Withdrawal Rate0000
Dismissal Rate0000

*National Data from the PAEA Annual Report for Comparison

Standard A3.12i – Student Attrition Table

Graduated Classes
Class of 2021Class of 2022Class of 2023Class of 2024
Maximum entering class size
(as approved by ARC-PA)
18242424
Entering class size18242424
Graduates1824NAN/A
* Attrition rate0%004.12%
**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.