Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals

Our Mission

The mission of the MUSC Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is to graduate highly competent physician assistants who are compassionate, demonstrate cultural humility, and attuned to the primary health care needs of the people of South Carolina and beyond.

They will be prepared to:

  • Provide quality, evidence based, patient-centered health care as integral members of interdisciplinary health care teams
  • Advocate for the physician assistant profession
  • Help meet the health care needs of the larger community through education, research, and service

Our Vision

To enhance access to high-quality health care throughout South Carolina (SC) and beyond.

Our Values

  • Quality, safe, and accessible patient-centered health care
  • Responding compassionately and respectfully to the needs of the population served
  • Ethical and professional behavior
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Confident life-long learners
  • Advancing medical knowledge
  • Virtuous leadership

Program Goals

1. Enroll a richly diverse student body with varied experiences, attributes, sensitivities and academic backgrounds:

The most recent data below shows the student demographics from students joining the program in 2020.

Year of Matriculation: 2020

Student Demographics:

  Class of 2021 Class of 2022  Class of 2023 Class of 2024
Hometown  

 
Rural 32%
25% 26%
19%
Small Town 32%
21% 32%
30%
Suburban 27% 33%
 25% 40%
Urban 10% 20% 17% 11%
         
Degrees        
Post-Bachelor's  0%  3%  6%  5%
Master's  0%  2%  6%  5%
Attended community college  7%  2%  8%  4%
         
Matriculated        
South Carolina residents  50%  34%  50%  50%
Out-of-state residents  50%  66%  50%  50%
1st generation college student  15%  8%  15%  14%
Historically black college and university graduates  3%  1%  3%  0%
Underrepresented minority*  15.25%  20%  12.63%  13.40%
         
Top 3 majors Biology, Public Health, Exercise Science
Top 3 healthcare experiences Medical Scribe, Certified Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician
Past 4 years age range 20 to 56
         
*Defined as Hispanic, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Asian students who are either Filipino, Vietnamese, or Southeast Asian non-Vietnamese.

In addition to attracting applicants who are highly prepared academically, we have been fortunate to matriculate diverse groups of students, including students from across the United States. We strive to maintain diverse student cohorts to maximize the opportunities for all students to learn in a supportive and culturally competent environment.

2. Train physician assistant students to have the knowledge and skills to provide quality healthcare.

View the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Five year First Time Taker Summary Report (PDF).

3. Graduate students who are highly satisfied with the quality of their education, the state of their professional development, and their overall capability to function as a physician assistant. 

The program assesses graduate satisfaction with an exit survey at the time of graduation. Scores are evaluated on a 1-4 Likert Scale.

On a scale of 1 to 4, where 4 is Strongly Agree, 3 is Agree, 2 is Disagree, and 1 is Strongly Disagree.

I received a high quality of education.
2019 – 3.56/4.00
2020 – 3.62/4.00
2021 – 3.65/4.00

I felt welcome and encouraged to learn and grow.
2019 – 3.72/4.00
2020 – 3.74/4.00
2021 – 3.65/4.00

I feel prepared to enter practice in my field of study.
2019 – 3.47/4.00
2020 – 3.46/4.00
2021 – 3.45/4.00

4. Prepare students to serve an increasingly diverse patient population by promoting cultural humility and celebrating diversity across the curriculum.

The program assesses graduate satisfaction with an exit survey at the time of graduation. Scores are evaluated on a 1-4 Likert Scale.

On a scale of 1 to 4, where 4 is Strongly Agree, 3 is Agree, 2 is Disagree, and 1 is Strongly Disagree.

I gained insight into the importance of cultural competency and appreciating diversity.
2019 – 3.63/4.00
2020 – 3.28/4.00
2021 – 3.44/4.00