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Program Accreditation

At its September 2015 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Indiana State University Physician Assistant program sponsored by Indiana State University on Accreditation-Probation status.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.  Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a probation site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s). 

Who should become a Physician Assistant?

We are looking for caring, compassionate individuals who want to serve their communities as primary care providers as part of a Physician / PA team. Indiana State’s PA program is designed with evidence-based medicine and culturally sensitive provision of care as guiding principles. We intend to attract and retain a diverse student body. Although prior health care experience is preferred, it is not a requirement of admission.

Careers

Physician Assistants practice in private practice, hospitals, community health centers, subspecialty practices, Veterans Administration, and all branches of the military. 

Mission

The mission of the Indiana State University Physician Assistant Program is to create a student-centered educational environment that engages individuals to become compassionate, competent physician assistants who possess the clinical skills to contribute positively to the dynamic health care needs of rural and underserved populations.

Program Structure

  • Master’s level program of 93 credit hours accomplished over 7 consecutive semesters beginning every January 
  • 30 students accepted annually
  • Graduates will be qualified to sit for the national certifying exam known as the PANCE. (Successful completion of this exam is required in all states to obtain licensure)
  • A 15 month didactic and 12 month clinical rotations curriculum
  • Clinical sites located throughout Indiana as well as the option of more distant sites upon approval
  • Numerous opportunities for interprofessional education with Indiana State University Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Athletic Training students, as well as IUSM-TH medical students
  • Collaboration with the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative

Admission

Frequently Asked Questions 

Policies and Procedures

The PA Program staff and faculty are dedicated to your educational success. Professional development and intellectual growth are goals each student can attain with the guidance of staff and faculty. Program staff and students both have a responsibility to communicate regularly. Students who encounter issues should contact an advisor as soon as possible. Students must also immediately inform the program of any change in address and/or telephone number in order to maintain proper channels of communication.

Employment by Students 
Student Handbook 

Program Goals 

These are measured on the Exit Survey taken by graduating students, which pertains to the quality of Program preparation in relation to the Program Goals. The percentages reported below are for the respondents of the Class of 2016 Cohort. The response rate of the survey was 87%.

Cost-Effectiveness, Social Responsibility

1. Practice in a cost-effective and socially responsible manner, applying the principles of evidence-based medicine and critical thinking in clinical decision making.
- 96% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them to know how to apply principles of evidence-based medicine and critical thinking in clinical decision-making.
- 85% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them to practice in a cost-effective and socially responsible manner.

In addition, students participate in and have access to:
- Problem and team based learning exercises with faculty and other health providers
- Accountable Care Organization visits in long term health care facilities
- A Research Symposium at the end of their clinical year, with presentations of a research project that has spanned the duration of their time in the program.
- Up-to-Date © (evidence-based clinical decision support at the point of care)

Compassionate Primary Care Medicine

2. Practice compassionate primary care medicine, communicating effectively with patients and families.
- 100% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them to practice compassionate primary care medicine and communicate effectively with patients and families.

In addition, students participate in activities such as:
- Community and university health fairs providing education and screenings
- Free physicals at community events
- Health education at community events
- Interaction with CANDLES Holocaust Museum
- Indiana Special Olympics

Partner with Supervising Physicians

3. Partner with supervising physicians and other professional colleagues, including the need to serve rural and underserved areas.
- 96% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them to be successful in partnering with supervising physicians and other professional colleagues and to serve in rural and underserved areas.

In addition, faculty and students have participated in and have access to:
- Clinical rotation availability in rural and underserved areas
- Indiana Association Physician Assistant Annual Conference
- Association of Physician Assistants Annual Conference
- Lobbying at the state capital to advance PA legislation
- Presenting at the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association Annual Conference
- IPE Events involving professional colleagues such Social Work, Nursing, and Respiratory Therapy



Practice and System-based Analysis

4. Utilize practice and system-based analysis to ensure patient well-being.
- 92% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them to utilize practice and system-based analytics to ensure patient well-being.

In addition, faculty and students utilize:
- Clinical rotations in all core specialties
- Provider level lectures at local hospitals (Grand Rounds)
- The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative Simulation Center at Union Hospital to provide hands-on learning and application of various clinical situations

High Ethical Standards

5. Commit to high ethical standards responsive to the needs of the profession, the individual, and society.
- 88% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them to commit to high ethical standards.

Students are taught and expected to:
- Respect and understand the needs of a diverse population
- Understand the scope of the PA profession and practice medicine that is socially responsible
- Uphold the PA Professional Oath that is recited at the White Coat Ceremony for students entering into their clinical year

Program Graduate Outcomes / PANCE Scores

The Indiana State University Physician Assistant Program expects that:

PANCE Rate

1. The first-time test taker PANCE rate will be, at a minimum, equal to the national passing rate for that year.
- PANCE Rate Summary Report

Graduation Rate

2. The graduation rate will be 95% or better for all cohorts, based on Program history.
- The graduation rate for the Class of 2015 and Class of 2016 is 100%.

Deceleration Rate

3. The deceleration rate will be 5% or less, based on Program history.
- In the past two years, 2.22% of students have decelerated, meaning they graduated later than the Class in which they were enrolled.

Employment Rate

4. That the employment rate will be 95% or better for all Program graduates, at six months after successful PANCE completion.
- In the past two years, the employment rate for ISU PA Program graduates is 100%.
- - Rate is based on respondents to the Alumni Survey