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PA Program 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 and Outcomes

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 for the Past Three Years

Goal 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 96%.

  • Outcome 1. The Class of 2021-2023 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 2021-2023 achieved an average GPA above 3.5. The average matriculant GPA for the Class of 2023 was 3.66. 3. 100% of the cohorts for the Class of 2021, 2022 and 2023 averaged over 1,000 clinical hours prior to matriculation. 4. See attrition and graduation rates table below.

  • Attrition and Graduation Rates Table

    Attrition and Graduation rates for the PA Program at LEC. Updated April 1st, 2021.

    • *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.

    • All students who entered the Program over the last three years graduated. The Program has met its goal over the last three years.

Goal 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. The Class of 2019-2021 had first-time PANCE pass rates above the national average. The first-time PANCE pass rates were 100% in 2019 (93% national), 96% in 2020 (95% national), and 96% in 2021 (93% national). 100% of all graduates ultimately passed the PANCE. 2. 100% of all students passed the final written summative examination.

Goal 3 Practice evidence-based medicine and utilize current guidelines.
  • Goal 100% of students perform literature reviews of a medical topic.

  • Outcome All students have created innovative literature reviews with the intent on improving the quality of medicine.

Goal 4 Promote and foster collaborative teamwork.
  • Goal 1. All students receive higher than 80% for teamwork participation in Problem Based Learning. 2. 100% of students demonstrate interprofessional collaboration in simulated patient cases.

  • Outcome 1. All students from the Class of 2020, 2021, 2022 have demonstrated collaborative teamwork during problem-based learning. Students on average scored above 92% for their proficiency. 2. All students from the Class of 2020, 2021, 2022 have demonstrated collaborative teamwork during problem-based learning. Students on average scored above 92% for their proficiency.

Goal 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 70% on interpersonal skills and professionalism on their Final Summative OSCE.

  • Outcome 1. All students from the Class of 2019, 2020, 2021 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. All students from the Class of 2019, 2020, 2021 met expectations in interpersonal skills and professionalism proficiency on Final Summative OSCE performance and achieved an average score above 88%.

Goal 6 Enrich the community through service.
  • Goal 100% of all students perform community-based projects and service.

  • Outcome 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, Project Access, Remote Area Medical Clinic, Gift of Life, Sub Zero Mission, Lake Health's MDI project, Be the Match, Lifeline Dancing Under the Stars, Project Hope, and Victory Gallop.

Goal 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. All students from the Class of 2021, 2022 and 2023 has had 100% membership in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants (OAPA) professional organization. 2. All students from the Class of 2021, 2022 and 2023 has had 100% membership of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) professional organization.

    3. Since 2020, students have faculty have participated in professional development activities including AAPA Annual Conference, PAEA Education Forum, OAPA Annual Conference, LEC Spring Into Assessment, PAEA Jumpstart for New Faculty, ARC-PA New Site Visitor Workshop, and AdvancED Concepts emergency medicine workshop. For the Class of 2022, 17 of the 26 students earned the LEC PA Program Advanced Procedural Skills for the Acute Care Physician Assistant Certificate of Completion.

Goal 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. 41.7% of students in the Class of 2018, 48% of students in the Class of 2019 and 60% of students in the Class of 2020 secured job placement in Northeast Ohio region and will help serve the community. Graduates choice in location of employment was multifactorial. Employment in Northeast Ohio went slightly below goal, but has steadily increased above goal.

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 and aligned to the mission and vision of Lake Erie College. The mission, vision, goals of LEC PA Program were reviewed, updated, and approved by the PA Faculty and Steering Committee in February 2022.