About the Program

Mission Statement

Bethel University’s mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons-intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically-in a Christian environment. 
The mission of the Bethel University College of Health Sciences is to create learning opportunities in a Christian environment that strengthen the individual who desires a career in healthcare to develop to his or her highest potential. Highest potential is defined as providing health care services to the patient communities served, which is of the highest quality, evidence based, and delivered in a safe manner while exemplifying Christian values.
The Physician Assistant Program’s mission is to create opportunities for the members of the learning community interested in healthcare to ultimately graduate as exceptional and compassionate healthcare professionals who practice medicine within an ethical framework grounded in Christian principles.


BUPAP Educational Philosophy

The BUPAP faculty understands that the field of medicine is constantly evolving. Therefore, we strive to train students to become life-long learners adept at critical thinking. The role of the teacher is to guide and objectively evaluate students, select and present important material, and model professional behavior. The teacher will likewise be a life-long learner who will be objectively evaluated on a regular basis by students and peers.


BUPAP General Goals:

  • To maintain continuous accreditation with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
  • To recruit and admit highly qualified applicants.
  • To attract and graduate students who exhibit a servant’s heart.
  • To maintain a level of first time PANCE pass rates above the national average.
  • To maintain a 95% employment rate at six months of graduation.


BUPAP Objectives:

Student Learning Outcomes of the PA Program – Functions and Tasks that Graduates are Expected to Perform.

The Bethel PA Graduate will/will be able to:

  • have a fully developed identity as a healthcare professional
  • have developed the desire to provide excellent care in a compassionate manner
  • have mastered the concepts of anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology
  • have mastered the concepts of clinical medicine, pharmacology, pediatrics, genetics, geriatrics, electrocardiograms, radiology, medical terminology, laboratory medicine, and behavioral science
  • understand the history of the PA profession and know the applicable laws, rules and regulations concerning the practice of medicine as a Physician Assistant
  • proficient in the performance of clinical procedures necessary for practice as a primary care physician assistant
  • have medical knowledge sufficient to understand pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, patient management, surgical principles, and health promotion and disease prevention in a typical primary care practice
  • have developed and refined a systematic approach to both the complete and focused history taking and physical exam skills
  • utilize interpersonal and communication skills that encompass verbal, nonverbal and written exchange of information
  • have developed an understanding of the PA role in the health delivery system to include patient care that is effective, patient centered, timely, efficient, and equitable for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellness
  • develop professional relationships where the graduate demonstrates a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements
  • sharpen and refine critical analysis skills of their own practice experience, medical literature and other information resources for the purpose of self-improvement
  • demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger health system of health care to provide the patient care that is of optimal value
  • pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE)