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

ClassGraduation YearNumber of First-time TakersProgram First-time Taker Pass Rate5-Year First-time Taker Pass Rate
Class of 202120211889%89%

Program Success in Achieving Goals

Success in Meeting PA Program Goals 2020 (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)
2020 Applicants
Mean

Cumulative GPA3.003.60
(3.28-3.89)
3.67
(3.35-3.96)
3.68
(3.11-3.97)
3.42
BCP GPA3.003.44
(3.01-3.85)
3.52
(3.19-4.0)
3.55
(3.23-4.0)
3.2
Science GPAN/A3.52
(3.13-3.89)
3.61
(3.19-4.0)
3.61
(3.23-4.0)
3.29
Junior, Senior, Graduate GPAN/A3.67
(3.13-3.87)
3.71
(3.38-4.0)
3.75
(3.28-3.89)
3.47
Patient Care Hours200h4302h
(825-18,856)
2407h
(260-6110)
Not utilized due to COVID-19Not utilized due to COVID-19
Shadowing (PA&MD)Recommended74h
(0-118)
93hNot utilized due to COVID-19Not utilized due to COVID-19

Diversity/Mission Match

CriteriaClass of '21Class of '22Class of '232020 Applicants
Totals182424435
Female89%71%88%75%
Male11%29%12%25%
Age24.2025.123.424.2
Franklin College Undergrads11%8.3%0%0.69%
Underserved IN County22%25%17.6%NA
Military, veteran, or reserves6%4.2%0%12%
Under-represented in Medicine11%12.5%25%16.3%
Total Mission Match28%37.5%33%29%

PA Program Progression

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

Class of '21Class of '22National*
Students per Class1824
Graduation Rate100%No data92.6%
Deceleration Rate003.5%
Withdrawal Rate001.9%
Dismissal Rate002.0%

*National Data from the PAEA Annual Report for Comparison

Standard A3.12i – Student Attrition Table

Graduated Classes
Class of 2021Class of 2022
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)1824
Entering class size1824
Graduates18N/A
* Attrition rate0%0%
**Graduation rate100%N/A