About the PA Program
Bethel's Physician Assistant program offers the opportunity to work towards not only a degree but a career that allows you to both lead and serve.
The mission of the Bethel University Physician Assistant program is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to become exceptional and compassionate healthcare professionals who will practice medicine within an ethical framework of Christian principles.
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 instructor is to guide and objectively evaluate the student, select and present important material, and model professional behavior, based upon the Physician Assistant core competencies and technical standards adopted by Physician Assistant organizations (See Resources page, PA Competencies and PA technical Standards). The instructor will likewise be a life-long learner who will be objectively evaluated on a regular basis by the student and peers.
BUPAP has established the following encompassing goals to continue the educational development of physician assistants for future practice in the field of medicine. The Annual Report shows BUPAPs evaluation of the goals listed below.
- Maintain continuous accreditation with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
- Recruit and admit highly qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds.
Annual Attrition Report
- Attract and graduate students who exhibit a servant’s heart.
- Maintain a level of first-time PANCE pass rates at or above the national average.
PANCE 5-Year Pass Rate
- Maintain a 95% employment rate at six months of graduation.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Have a fully developed identity as a healthcare professional.
- Have developed the desire to provide excellent care in a compassionate manner.
- Have a proficient understanding of the concepts of anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology.
- Have demonstrated sufficient understanding of 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.
- Be proficient in the performance of clinical procedures necessary for practice as a physician assistant.
- Have medical knowledge sufficient to understand pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, patient management, surgical principles, health promotion, and disease prevention in 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).
Frequently Asked Questions
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