Highlights of the MPAS Program

  • Students begin clinical experiences in their very first week of the program and pediatric experience beginning in their second semester
  • Student-centric program with small class size
  • Student leadership involvement in program
  • Emphasis on rural primary care for the underserved
  • Emphasis on behavioral medicine and mindfulness healthcare
  • Team-based, active-learning strategies embedded throughout program
  • Evidence-based curriculum, modularized by organ system (course alignment so when studying for one course you are studying for other courses)
  • Course exams are developed to be like the NCCPA Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and exam items are mapped to our instructional and learning objectives following a similar style as the PANCE blueprints.
  • Robust, built-in remediation strategies
  • New facilities including 10 room simulation suite with both standardized patient examination rooms and high-fidelity simulation mannequin hospital room and dedicated cadaver lab