Mission, Vision and Goals

Physician Assistant Program Mission

To recruit exemplary individuals from diverse backgrounds while creating an environment of academic excellence, leadership, and scholarly activity that produces culturally competent, compassionate Physician Assistants who practice evidence-based medicine and who are dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the community.

Physician Assistant Program Vision

The Lake Erie College Physician Assistant program will be an exemplary leader in physician assistant sciences education. Through transformative experiences, students and faculty will emerge as community leaders and advocates for outstanding, comprehensive and integrated healthcare for the world’s population.

Physician Assistant Program Goals
Our goals are to prepare physician assistants to:

  1. Provide highly skilled healthcare.
  2. Practice evidence based medicine and utilize current guidelines.
  3. Promote and foster collaborative teamwork.
  4. Provide medical, social, emotional, and spiritual support and compassion for patients of all cultures and backgrounds.
  5. Enrich the community through service.
  6. Be committed to professional development.
  7. Foster relationships to support Northeast Ohio regional health systems.

Effectiveness in achieving goals for the Class of 2017:

  1. Provide highly skilled healthcare.
    • Goal: First time PANCE pass rate at or above the national average, which is 96% currently. 100% of all students pass the final written summative examination.
    • Outcome: All students have shown the ability to provide highly skilled health care. All 26 students passed the PANCE on their first attempt, 100% pass rate, higher than the national average. 100% of all students passed the final written summative examination.
  2. Practice evidence based medicine and utilize current guidelines.
    • Goal: 100% of All students create literature reviews.
    • Outcome: All students have created innovative literature reviews with intent on improving quality of medicine.
  3. Promote and foster collaborative teamwork.
    • Goal: All students receive higher than 80% for teamwork participation in Problem Based Learning.
    • Outcome: All students have demonstrated collaborative integration through teamwork during problem based learning.  Students on average scored above 95% for their proficiency.
  4. Provide medical, social, emotional, and spiritual support and compassion for patients of all cultures and backgrounds.
    • Goal: 100% of all students pass written examination on compassion. 100% of all students demonstrate proficiency in compassion during objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) testing. Preceptor evaluation of student average score of 4.0 out of 5.0 for the statement of showing positive “interaction with patients”.
    • Outcome: All students have demonstrated the ability to provide medical, social, emotional, and spiritual support and compassion for patients of all cultures and backgrounds. 100% of all students pass written examination on compassion. 100% of all students demonstrate proficiency in compassion during objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) testing. The class scored an average of 4.90 out of 5.00 scale by preceptors for “interaction with patients.”
  5. Enrich the community through service.
    • Goal: 100% of all students perform community based projects and service.
    • Outcome: 100% of all students perform community based projects and service. All have participated in a community service learning project and have continued with community projects including Fresh Air Camp, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Hospice of Western Reserve, Kids Kicking Cancer, Lake County Free Clinic, Medwish, oral health at local elementary schools, Relay for Life, and Victory Gallop.
  6. Be committed to professional development.
    • Goal: 100% membership in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants. 100% membership of American Academy of Physician Assistants. Students attend professional development opportunities.
    • Outcome: All students have shown commitment to personal and professional development.  The class has 100% membership in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants and 100% membership of American Academy of Physician Assistants. Over 50% of the class attended the national AAPA conference.
  7. Foster relationships to support Northeast Ohio regional health systems.
    • Goal: Over 50% of rotation placement of students in Northeast Ohio regional health systems. Over 50% job placement of students in Northeast Ohio regional health systems.
    • Outcome: The program continues foster relationships to support Northeast Ohio regional health systems. Many healthcare related services projects have been performed in the area as described previously. Over 80% of clinical rotations took place in the Northeast Ohio area. Over 65% of students in the Class of 2017 obtained physician assistant jobs in the Northeast Ohio region and will help to serve the community.

Physician Assistant Guiding Principles
The philosophy, values and beliefs of the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant faculty guide the educational principles upon which the curriculum is built:

  • Clinical problem solving
  • Utilizing evidenced-based medicine
  • Team work and collaborative spirit
  • Compassion
  • Self-direction and active participation in learning
  • Leadership in self, community, and global populations
  • Lifelong learning
  • Commitment to patient care

Lake Erie College Mission and Vision
The PA Program is committed to the mission and vision of Lake Erie College.  Click here to learn more about the Lake Erie College Mission and Vision.