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Physician Assistant Program Information

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 Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Indiana State University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Indiana State University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 

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 thegraduating Class of 2019 Cohort. The response rate of the survey was 100%.

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.
- 100% 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.
- 100% 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
- 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.
- 93% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them to practice compassionate primary care medicine.
- 100% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them to 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
- 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.
- 100% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them to be successful in partnering with supervising physicians and other professional colleagues.
- 83% of graduating students agreed or strongly agreed that the Program prepared them 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.
- 100% 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.
- 100% 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 2018 is 100%. The graduation rate for the Class of 2019 is 97%.

Deceleration Rate

3. The deceleration rate will be 5% or less, based on Program history.
-For the Class of 2019, 3% of students have decelerated, meaning one student will graduate later than the class in which he/she was 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



100% PANCE RATE 2018

Contact Us

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 812.237.3632
Fax: 812.237.3615
ISU-PA@indstate.edu
567 North 5th Street, Room 230
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Google Map: Location of the ISU Physician Assistant Program

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