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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Augsburg’s PA Program is a full-time program (33 students per class) that provides a broad, case-based, primary care curriculum.  There is emphasis on diverse and underserved populations throughout the curriculum. Our core mission is to train highly capable PAs who will serve the community with uncompromising commitment and compassion.

The Augsburg PA Program was established in 1995 and was the first accredited PA program in Minnesota.  Students are trained using an active-learning model which incorporates case-based small group discussions, in-lecture clinical vignettes and hands-on skill-based workshops. In the Clinical Seminar Course, PA students are assigned reading material beforehand and then work with clinicians to synthesize, apply and justify the use of that medical knowledge in small group settings.

Augsburg PAs have a proven track record of success — graduates of our PA program consistently pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) at a rate that is higher than the national average: Augsburg’s Five-Year pass Rate Report.

In a recent graduate survey, 98 percent of respondents were employed within six months of graduation. Augsburg PAs continue to be innovative in identifying, and creating new areas for PAs to practice medicine.

MISSION OF THE PROGRAM

The mission of the Augsburg PA Program is based on a foundation of respect and sensitivity to persons of all cultures and backgrounds and oriented towards providing medical care to underserved populations. Students are well educated in current medical theory and practice, and graduates are encouraged to work in primary care settings. The program promotes dedication to excellence in performance, with the highest standards of ethics and integrity, and commitment to lifelong personal and professional development.

Goals

The Augsburg PA Program will educate students to:

  • Work in primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics and women’s medicine).
  • Possess the foundational knowledge required to support strong clinical and leadership skills.
  • Work with underserved and diverse populations of patients.
  • Practice collaboratively in a patient-centered team with a high degree of competence and professionalism.
  • Develop and maintain our alumni and community partner networks.

We demonstrate achievement of our goals by compiling data* from our graduating students specific to our goals:

  • Over 70% of our new graduates work in primary care.
  • One-third of our graduates, self-reported they are serving in an underserved community.
  • Our graduates have a 100% first-time pass rate on national board examination (PANCE).
  • Our graduates are employed within an average of 3-4 months post graduation.
  • Augsburg PA-C Alumni, community PAs, MDs, DOs, and NPs continually support the program by lecturing or volunteering as clinical instructors.

*Data obtained from surveying graduates from the classes of 1997-2016.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Augsburg PA Program. 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 Spring 2019. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.