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Program Goals and Outcomes

Cedarville University's Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is a great place for you to achieve your professional goal to practice as a licensed Physician Assistant and serve the Lord with your unique skill set. You'll develop key professional competencies as you work toward achieving the program learning outcomes that will equip you as a highly skilled, Christ-honoring medical practitioner. Student success is measured in many ways and is reflected in PANCE pass rates and program attrition. The program's high standards are defined in our program goals and are inspired by a strong mission and vision.

Mission Statement

Driven by a passion for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ, the Cedarville University Physician Assistant program equips Christ-following graduates through academic and professional excellence and intentional discipleship under biblical authority to practice medicine to meet the needs of those in their communities

The program integrates the University's core values (love for God, love for others, integrity in conduct, and excellence in effort) and strives to develop in its graduates the key markers of excellence:

  • Glorifying God
  • Thinking broadly and deeply
  • Communicating effectively
  • Developing academically and professionally 
  • Engaging for Christ

Our Vision

To be the school of choice for Christian students desiring a biblically informed, empathically compassionate, academically excellent PA program that will equip them to serve those in need physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to the glory of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Program Learning Outcomes (Competencies)

Upon completing the PA program, students will have formed a sound biblical worldview and acquired the medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical reasoning and problem solving abilities, clinical and technical skills, and professional behaviors required for entry into PA practice as detailed below:

Biblical Integration

  • Integrate the concepts and principles of a Christian biblical worldview with the practice of medicine. (PLO 1)

Medical Knowledge

  • Apply and incorporate medical, behavioral, and psychosocial concepts and principles necessary to evaluate and manage patient’s health across all ranges and cultures. (PLO 2)

Interpersonal Skills

  • Obtain an accurate and relevant medical history using effective communication and interpersonal skills that support open dialogue and mutual respect. (PLO 3)
  • Accurately communicate clinical findings in written, digital, and oral forms to all members of the health care team succinctly. (PLO 10)
  • Provide accurate patient education that encompasses verbal, non-verbal, and written forms of information to the patient, their families, and their care team to promote disease prevention and health awareness. (PLO 11)

Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving

  • Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis following a clinical encounter (PLO 5)
  • Order and interpret appropriate diagnostic studies to assist in the evaluation and treatment of the patient (PLO 6)
  • Develop and implement an appropriate therapeutic management plan involving pharmacological and non-pharmacological options (PLO 7)
  • Make informed clinical decisions using an evidence-based approach (PLO 9)

Clinical and Technical Skills

  • Obtain an accurate and relevant medical history using effective communication and interpersonal skills that support open dialogue and mutual respect. (PLO 3)
  • Perform an appropriate physical exam relevant to the medical history (PLO 4)
  • Perform clinical procedures safely and effectively (PLO 8)

Professional Behaviors

  • Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with the PA profession and Christian faith (PLO 12)

Program Goals and Outcomes

The program has set forth several goals with specific metrics that demonstrate our progress toward meeting those goals. Data for each metric will be updated as we admit and train students and have specific data to report.

Recruit, admit, and retain highly qualified Christian applicants.

Metrics:

  • Applicant and matriculant profiles (GPAs, healthcare experience hours, diversity) compared to national averages
  • Retention and attrition rates compared to national averages

Deliver comprehensive, high-quality, didactic and clinical education to fully prepare graduates for entry-level clinical practice.

Metrics:

  • Summative Evaluation: 80% of students pass all components of the summative exams on the first attempt.
  • Graduate Survey: 90% of recent graduates agree or strongly agree that the PA program prepared them for clinical practice.
  • PANCE Scores: 95% of graduates will pass the PANCE on the first attempt.
  • Employment Rate: 95% of graduates seeking employment will be employed as PAs within six months of graduation.

Develop individuals who integrate biblical principles throughout their work as healthcare providers.

Metrics:

  • Student Program Exit Survey: 90% of graduates will agree or strongly agree that the program prepared them to integrate biblical principles and worldview into their role as a PA.

Develop individuals who serve those in need.

Metrics:

  • Student Program Exit Survey: 90% of graduates will report the program prepared them well to serve others in need.

Student Attrition

Another important metric that is associated with our first goal but is also helpful for evaluating and comparing programs is student attrition. The following table outlines the student numbers we plan to report for our program.

Class of 2025Class of 2026Class of 2027
Maximum Class Size
(pending ARC-PA approval)
303030
Admitted Class Size   
Admitted Students   
Graduating Students   
Graduation Rate*   
Attritted Students   
Attrition Rate**   
Notes   

*Graduation Rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size
**Attrition Rate: Number of students who have attritted (either by dismissal, deceleration, or withdrawal) divided by the entering class size

Note: data will be updated regularly as each cohort progresses through the program.

PANCE

Students who successfully complete the Master of Medical Science in PA studies program are eligible to become certified through the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). The information below overviews the success of our graduates in passing the PANCE exam to become certified physician assistants after graduating from the program.

NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report (last five years) First Time Exam Takers

 Class of 2025Class of 2026Class of 2027
Program Exam Pass Rate   
National Average Pass Rate   

Note: Information in this table will be updated as data becomes available. A link will be posted to the annual PANCE report provided by NCCPA starting in 2025 after our first graduates complete the exam.