The mission of the University of New England Physician Assistant Program is to prepare master's level primary care physician assistants to be highly skilled members of interprofessional health care teams. The program is committed to developing clinicians who will provide compassionate, competent, and evidence-based, patient-centered health care to people of all backgrounds and cultures throughout their lifespans. The program places special emphasis on training clinicians who are knowledgeable about the health care needs of our aging population and have the skills and passion to provide health care to people in underserved rural and urban communities.

Graduate Outcomes

The mission of the program is accomplished by having graduates who meet the goals of the educational process. Graduates of the Physician Assistant Program will:

  • Understand the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, and Pathophysiology and be able to utilize this knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
  • Understand the principles of pharmacotherapeutics and to apply them in the treatment of patients.
  • Elicit a detailed, accurate history and perform a thorough physical examination.
  • Understand how to order and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests in a cost-efficient manner.
  • Present patient data and document it appropriately in the medical record.
  • Provide quality acute and ongoing patient care by appropriately delineating patient problems and by formulating and implementing patient management plans, including referrals to other healthcare providers and agencies.
  • Perform or assist in the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and manage or assist in the management of medical and surgical conditions, particularly in life-threatening situations.
  • Understand the principles of public health and incorporate health promotion and disease prevention into a patient care practice.
  • Use information technology in the provision of quality healthcare and clinical decision-making.
  • Evaluate the medical literature critically and apply this knowledge and the principles of evidence-based medicine to clinical practice.
  • Provide compassionate and competent healthcare to patients of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Understand the medical and social issues that affect the geriatric patient and provide appropriate management of these problems.
  • Counsel patients, their families and their caregivers regarding issues of health, illness and medical care.
  • Understand the historical and contemporary role of the physician assistant in the healthcare system.
  • Participate effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Understand the principles of patient-oriented healthcare and to communicate clearly with patients.
  • Identify the special dynamics of providing healthcare to rural or underserved populations.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior by following the American Academy of Physician Assistants' Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession.

The degree to which we are successful in meeting our program goals is demonstrated by our graduate outcomes as they are reflected in graduate surveys and pass rates on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Our graduate outcomes survey results are covered in the table below. These results reflect our graduates' outcomes as they relate to our program goals.


Outcomes: Percent of graduates working in the following areas CO goal CO 2015 CO 2018 CO 2020
Clinically as a PA 95% 86% 100% 85%
In an urban or suburban setting 70% 67% 72% 81%
In a rural setting 30% 33% 28% 37%
In an underserved area 50% 40% 59% 41%
In a Federally Qualified Health Center N/A 13% 34% 33%
In Family Practice 50% 40% 59% 35%
In General Internal Medicine N/A * 14% 12%
In General Surgery N/A 11% 6% 0%
In Orthopedic Surgery N/A 17% 9% 12%
In Surgical Subspecialties N/A 14% 3% 12%
In Emergency Medicine N/A 17% 11% 0%
More than 25% of patient in Graduate's Practice are > 65years old 75% 88% 97% 100%
Percent of patients who are low to middle income 75% * 97% *
Overall outcome: Program adequately prepared graduates to enter profession 90% 94% 91% 80%

N/A: Np program goals established

*Data not available

Recognition We've Received

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