Mission, Vision and Goals

Physician Assistant Program Mission

To develop motivated, diverse individuals into Physician Assistants who practice patient-centered, evidence-based medicine, while creating an environment of academic excellence, leadership, and collaboration that is dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the community.

Physician Assistant Program Vision

The Lake Erie College Physician Assistant program will serve as a model for physician assistant education. It will prepare the highest quality physician assistants to practice comprehensive, patient-centered care.

Physician Assistant Program Goals

The goals of the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant Program are to:

  1. Matriculate diverse, highly qualified applicants who successfully complete the program.
  2. Develop physician assistants who provide highly skilled healthcare.
  3. Practice evidence-based medicine and utilize current guidelines.
  4. Promote and foster collaborative teamwork.
  5. Develop physician assistants who demonstrate interpersonal skills and professionalism necessary for patient-centered care.
  6. Enrich the community through service.
  7. Be committed to professional development.
  8. Foster relationships to support Northeast Ohio regional health systems.

Effectiveness in Achieving Goals

1. Matriculate diverse, highly qualified applicants who successfully complete the program.

  • Goal
    1. Demonstrate diversity
    2. Average GPA above 3.5
    3. Average clinical hours above 1,000
    4. Graduation retention rate above the national average of 90.8%.
  • Outcome
    1. The Class of 2020 demonstrated diversity when compared to similar national PA program cohort composition. The Lake Erie College PA program exceeds in some categories of diversity paralleled with matriculating cohort compositions. The program analyses metrics in the following categories: age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and military service.
    2. 100% of cohorts from the Class of 2017-2020 achieved an average GPA above 3.5.  The average matriculant GPA for the Class of 2020 was 3.55.
    3. 100% of cohorts from the Class of 2016-2020 averaged over 1,000 clinical hours before matriculating.  The average clinical hours for the Class of 2020 was 2,799.
    4. Graduating Classes of 2016 - 2018 demonstrated a retention rate of 98.6% compared to the national average of 90.8%.

2. Provide highly skilled healthcare.

  • Goal
    1. First-time PANCE pass rate above the national average.
    2. All students score above 75% for Final Summative Written examination on knowledge.
  • Outcome
    1. 100% of all students from the Classes of 2016-2018 have passed the PANCE on their first attempt, higher than the national average.
    2. 100% of all students passed the final written summative examination.

3. Practice evidence-based medicine and utilize current guidelines.

  • Goal
    1. 100% of students perform literature reviews of a medical topic.
  • Outcome
    1. All students have created innovative literature reviews with the intent on improving the quality of medicine.

4. Promote and foster collaborative teamwork.

  • Goal
    1. All students receive higher than 80% for teamwork participation in Problem Based Learning.
    2. 100% of student demonstrate interprofessional collaboration in simulated patient cases.
  • Outcome
    1. From 2015-present, all students have demonstrated collaborative integration through teamwork during problem-based learning.  Students on average scored above 95% for their proficiency.
    2. Since 2016, all students have demonstrated interprofessional collaboration in a simulated patient case.  The interprofessional collaboration with Lakeland Community College began in 2016.

5. Demonstrate interpersonal skills and professionalism necessary for patient-centered care.

  • Goal
    1. All students meet expectations for interpersonal skills and professionalism on faculty evaluations.
    2. All students score higher than 80% on interpersonal skills and professionalism on their Final Summative OSCE.
  • Outcome
    1. 100% of all students met expectations, scoring on average a 3.0 or greater based on a 4.0 Likert scale, for interpersonal skills and professionalism on professional performance faculty evaluations.
    2. 100% of all students met expectations in interpersonal skills and professionalism proficiency on Final Summative OSCE performance. Students achieved a cumulative score of 95.7%.

6. Enrich the community through service.

  • Goal
    1. 100% of all students perform community-based projects and service.
  • Outcome
    1. 100% of all students perform community-based projects and service. All have participated in a community service learning project and have continued with community projects including Fresh Air Camp, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Hospice of Western Reserve, Kids Kicking Cancer, Lake County Free Clinic, Medwish, oral health at local elementary schools, Relay for Life, and Victory Gallop.

7. Be committed to professional development.

  • Goal
    1. 100% membership in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants (OAPA) professional organization.
    2. 100% membership of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) professional organization.
    3. Faculty and students attend professional development opportunities.
  • Outcome
    1. The Class of 2016-present has had 100% membership in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants (OAPA) professional organization.
    2. The Class of 2016-present has had 100% membership of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) professional organization.
    3. Since 2015, Over 50% of the class and faculty have attended the national AAPA annual conference.

8. Foster relationships to support Northeast Ohio regional health systems.

  • Goal
    1. Over 50% of rotation placement of students in Northeast Ohio regional health systems
    2. Over 50% job placement of students in Northeast Ohio regional health systems.
  • Outcome
    1. Over 80% of clinical rotations have taken place in the Northeast Ohio area.
    2. Over 65% of students in the Class of 2017 obtained physician assistant jobs in the Northeast Ohio region and will help to serve the community

Physician Assistant Guiding Principles

The philosophy, values, and beliefs of the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant faculty guide the educational principles upon which the curriculum is built:

  • Clinical Problem solving
  • Utilizing evidence-based medicine
  • Teamwork and collaborative spirit
  • Compassion
  • Self-direction and active participation in learning
  • Leadership in self, community, and global populations
  • Lifelong learning
  • Commitment to patient care

Lake Erie College Mission and Vision

The PA Program is committed to the mission and vision of Lake Erie College.  Click here to learn more about the Lake Erie College Mission and Vision.

Mission, Vision, and Goals were approved and updated by program faculty and steering committee in March 2019.