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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.

Educational Philosophy

The Bethel University Physician Assistant Program understands that the field of medicine is constantly evolving. Our educational philosophy strives towards training and educating PA students to become life-long learners adept at critical thinking and able to work within a collaborative environment. It assures that we provide a creative and supportive educational environment for individual learning and growth within a structured curriculum. The role of the instructor is to guide and collaborate with the student, objectively evaluate the student, select and present important material, and model the professional behavior based upon the competencies of the PA Profession. The education of the PA student is a reciprocal interaction among faculty and students. The PA Program seeks continuous quality improvement and welcomes the ideas of all who participate in the program.


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 Exam Performance Summary Report Last 5 Years
  • Graduates seeking employment as a PA maintain a 95% employment rate at six months from graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Bethel PA Graduate will:

  • Have a fully developed identity as a healthcare professional.
  • Have developed the desire to provide excellent care in a compassionate manner.
  • Have learned the concepts of Anatomy and Physiology, and Pathophysiology.
  • Have grasped 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 PA.
  • Be proficient in the performance of clinical procedures necessary for practice as a PA.
  • Have medical knowledge sufficient to understand Pathophysiology, Differential Diagnosis, Patient Management, Surgical Principles, 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 encompasses 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 student 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 healthcare to provide the patient care that is of optimal value.
  • Demonstrate readiness to graduate and sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam.

Curriculum & Fees

For more information on curriculum: College of Health Sciences Catalog and the Curriculum Tables
For more information on costs: Tuition and Fees  

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