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Program Goals


The Augsburg PA Program aims to accomplish the following goals:

GOAL #1: To increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in medicine (URiM)* into the PA profession.

Metric: Admissions data, PAEA Data
Benchmarks: ≥25% of matriculated PA students are from URiM groups.
            *The AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.


GOAL #2: To maintain a competitive first-time PANCE pass rate.

Metric: NCCPA Program and National Data
Benchmark: PA Program annual first-time PANCE pass rate is above the national average.


GOAL #3: To model PA professional responsibility through civic, leadership, and/or community engagement*.

Metric: Participation documentation submitted to program director
Benchmarks: 100% of matriculated PA students and PA faculty participate in at least one civic, leadership, or community engagement activity while enrolled in the program.
*Examples include Augsburg Health Commons, MN Academy of PAs, Special Olympics Health Screening, Face-2-Face, Feed My Starving Children, Project Access, Anishinabe Wakaigun, 

Learning Outcomes and Competencies

Competence of the Augsburg PA Learning Outcomes for each student is assessed across program curriculum and confirmed through summative evaluation (End of Curriculum Exam and OSCE) prior to graduation. These are the program required competencies for entry level practice, as defined by the PA profession:

  1. Medical Knowledge:
    Demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate an investigative and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations.
  2. Interpersonal and Communication Skills:
    Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, patients’ families, physicians, professional associates, and other individuals within the healthcare system.
  3. Clinical and Technical Skills:
    Demonstrate patient care and education that is effective, safe, high quality, equitable and focuses on disease prevention.
  4. Professional Behaviors:
    Demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.
  5. Clinical Reasoning and Problem Solving Abilities:
    Demonstrate the ability to compile, appraise and integrate evidence based medicine outcomes and apply to diagnostic studies, clinical interventions and therapeutic effectiveness.

Attrition and Graduation Rate statistics


ARC-PA Student Attrition 
Graduated Classes
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Maximum entering class size
(as approved by ARC-PA)
Entering class size
*Attrition rate
2/33 = 0.06 (6%)
2/33 = 0.06 (6%)
1/33 = 0.03  (3%)
**Graduation Rate
31/33 = 0.94 (94%)
30/33 = 0.91 (91%)
32/33 = 0.97 (97%)

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.