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Goals of the PA Program

The Physician Assistant Program at DeSales University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

1. Maintain PANCE pass rates higher than the national average. 

  • Measure: PANCE first-time taker cohort pass rate  
  • Benchmark: Above national average 
  • Success of Goal:
Cohort  DeSales Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2016  97%  96% 
2017100%97%
2018 100% 98%
2019 100% 93%
2020 99% 95%
2021 99% 93%

2. Prepare graduates to obtain employment within the first six months following program completion.

  • Measure: Job Placement
  • Benchmark: 90% of graduates placed in six months
  • Success of Goal*: 
Cohort  Job Placement Rate 
2017 96%
2018 100%
2019 91.4%
2020 93%

*Results based on Graduate Survey 

3. Foster and maintain collaborative connections between the students and faculty. 

  • Measure: Student to Faculty Ratio 
  • Benchmark: Better than National PAEA Average 
  • Success of Goal:
DeSales Student: Faculty Ratio  National PAEA Student: Faculty Ratio  Source 
11:1 14.4:1 PAEA Program Report 34 
11:1 13.3:1 PAEA Program Report 35 
  • Measure: 
    • Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Collaborative Connections between Faculty and Students); 
    • End of Didactic Evaluation of Curriculum (Collaborative Connections between Faculty and Students) 
  • Benchmark: Better than program benchmark of 3.5 out of 5.0 on both assessments 
  • Success of Goal:
Cohort Faculty Survey  End of Didactic Survey 
2021 4.86 4.36
2022 4.76 4.72

4. Provide early clinical experiences to complement classroom teaching. 

  • Measure: 
    • Exit Survey (Value of Friday Morning Rotations) 
  • Benchmark: Better than program benchmark of 3.5 out of 5.0  
  • Success of Goal:
Cohort  Exit Survey 
2018 4.5
2019 4.24
2020 4.36
2021 4.77
  • Measure: 
    • Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation with Simulation);
    • End of Didactic Evaluation of Curriculum (Student Preparation with Simulation)
  • Benchmark: Better than program benchmark of 3.5 out of 5.0 on both assessments 
  • Success of Goal:
Cohort  Faculty Survey  End of Didactic Survey 
2021 4.77 4.47
2022 5.00 4.56

5. Develop critical thinking skills.

  • Measure: 
    • Preceptor Evaluation of Student (Critical Thinking Skills);
    • Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Application of Knowledge);
    • End of Didactic Evaluation of Curriculum (Application of Knowledge)
  • Benchmark: Better than program benchmark of 3.5 out of 5.0 on all three assessments
  • Success of Goal:
Cohort  Preceptor Evaluation of Student
(Critical Thinking Skills) 
Faculty Survey  End of Didactic Survey 
2017 4.67 N/A N/A
2018 4.70 N/A N/A
2019 4.69 N/A N/A
2020 4.68 N/A N/A
2021 4.71 4.86 4.67
2022 Pending 4.64 4.67

6. Provide education on and/or experiences with diverse and vulnerable populations. 

  • Measure: 
    • Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Education/Experience with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations);
    • End of Didactic Evaluation of Curriculum (Education/Experience with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations);
    • Graduate Survey (Education/Experience with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations) 
  • Benchmark: Better than program benchmark of 3.5 out of 5.0 on all three assessment
  • Success of Goal:
Cohort  Faculty Survey  End of Didactic Survey  Graduate Survey 
2017 N/A N/A 4.60
2018 N/A N/A 4.69
2019 N/A N/A 4.74
2020 N/A N/A 4.44
2021 4.57 4.28 Pending

7. Emphasize a focus on interprofessional education and practice. 

  • Measure:
    • Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Interprofessional Team Care)
    • End of Didactic Evaluation of Curriculum (Interprofessional Team Care)
  • Benchmark: Better than program benchmark of 3.5 out of 5.0 on both assessments
  • Success of Goal
Cohort  Faculty Survey  End of Didactic Survey 
2021 4.64 4.42
2022 4.73 4.69

8. Support the diverse backgrounds of all program constituents including students, staff, and faculty.

  • Measure: Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum; End of Didactic Evaluation of Curriculum  
  • Benchmark: Better than Program benchmark of 3.5 out of 5.0 on both assessments 
  • Success of Goal:
Cohort  Faculty Survey  End of Didactic Survey
2021 4.57 4.38
2022 4.64 4.73
  • Measure:
    • Faculty Evaluation of Curriculum (Institutional Support of DEI)
  • Benchmark: Better than program benchmark of 3.5 out of 5.0  
  • Success of Goal:
Cohort  Faculty Survey 
2021 4.36
2022 4.64

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