Mission & Goals

Physician Assistant Program

Mission Statement

Campbell University’s Physician Assistant (PA) program provides graduate clinical education in a Christian environment in the tradition of faith, learning, and service. Principles of medical science and professional ethical standards inform the education of our students. The program endeavors to meet the future needs of the PA profession and its role in the healthcare delivery system throughout the continuum of care. The program promotes patient centered, evidence-based medicine preparing students to be competent healthcare providers.

Program Goals & Performance

The goals of the Campbell Physician Assistant Program strive to:

  1. Provide a structured didactic and clinical curriculum that prepares students for evidence-based clinical practice.
    Performance: Course sequences are mapped to cultivate an integrated curriculum with foundation and capstone courses in evidence-based medicine focusing on critical thinking.
  2. Provide a didactic and clinical educational environment that is conducive to learning
    Performance: 94% of students surveyed evaluated the program learning environment as highly conducive to meet professional practice standards.
  3. Provide students with the medical knowledge and clinical skills to practice as a Physician Assistant with diverse patient populations within a variety of practice settings and clinical disciplines.
    Performance: Clinical medicine is presented across the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics. Required clinical rotations in outpatient clinics, emergency departments, inpatient units, the OR, and in a variety of clinical specialties provide a broad approach to medicine. 95% of students surveyed agreed that the program provides training experiences to enable them to effectively practice.
  4. Educate students with an awareness of healthcare disparities.
    Performance: Didactic and clinical phases of the program prepare students in cultural competence to care for patients with healthcare disparities.
  5. Prepare students to provide care for the disadvantaged in medically underserved area.
    Performance: All students train in Harnett & other counties in NC which are designated medically underserved and healthcare provider shortage areas.
  6. Promote a patient-centered approach to health and disease by emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention, and primary care.
    Performance: Primary care medicine is emphasized by teaching health promotion & disease prevention. Clinical students train in a number of clinics designated as patient-centered medical homes.
  7. Prepare students to become members of an interprofessional healthcare team.
    Performance: Students train with DO, MD, PHARM.D, PT, PA, and MSPH, students and participate in several university-wide interdisciplinary clinical case exercises each year.