Mission and Goals

JWU Center for Physician Assistant Studies Mission-patient-centered and humanistic health care

Our Mission

The mission of the Physician Assistant Studies program at JWU is to educate students to become collaborative practitioners with the respect, empathy and trust inherent to patient-centered, humanistic health care.

Maintaining a relationship of trust and caring is central to becoming a health care professional, whether your goal is to stay in Rhode Island to care for Rhode Islanders, or go where a growing career opportunity takes you.

Learn more about the philosophy of humanistic medicine at The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Program Goals and Success in Achieving Goals

The stated goals of JWU's Physician Assistant Studies program are as follows:

GOAL 1: To recruit and matriculate applicants who meet or exceed admission requirements:

The JWU PA program Admissions Committee and Admissions Counselor have developed a successful process to recruit and matriculate well qualified students. Students first exposure to the program is through a website that contains all of the information an applicant needs to know. We are known for the individual attention we give to applicants. The first PA program contact students typically have is with our Admissions Counselor. She takes the time to answer any and all questions about the program and immediately makes applicants feel welcomed and valued. Our Open Houses showcase our state-of-the-art facility, experienced faculty, and PA students. When a prospective candidate is invited for an interview, that student is one of a small group of interviewees who attends lectures, spends time in PA classes, and gets to meet all faculty and staff. The quality of the students we have matriculated is demonstrated in Table 1 … all exceed our admissions requirements. 

The PA program requirements for admission are stated on the JWU PA Program website (https://www.jwu.edu/academics/colleges/college-of-health-and-wellness/physician-assistant-studies/mission-goals-and-success-in-meeting-goals.html).

CASPA-reported cumulative GPA, BCP, and GRE of matriculating students

*Hours of direct patient care is tracked and reported by the PA Admissions Coordinator based on data from verified CASPA applications and updates from matriculated students. All Health Care Experience and Patient Care Experience reported on CASPA is reviewed individually to determine what meets program requirements for “direct patient care”. 

Source: Matriculation data available through Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

GOAL 2: Offer an integrated didactic curriculum that provides the knowledge, skills and humanistic principles required for the clinical year.

The JWU PA program didactic curriculum was designed by experienced PA educators to provide students with a strong foundation in the knowledge, skills, and professionalism necessary for a successful clinical year.

As demonstrated in Table 2, responses to student and clinical preceptor surveys, student performance on objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and an end-of-didactic year examination, the faculty and staff delivered a curriculum that meets and exceeds our goal and prepares students well for their clinical rotations.

Responses to students and clinical preceptor surveys, OSCEs, and end of year didactic examination

*Source: Exit Survey (given to students just prior to graduation) Scale: 1: Poorly Prepared, 2: Marginally Prepared, 3: Adequately Prepared, 4: Well Prepared, 5: Very Well Prepared

** Clinical Facility Evaluation Form (completed by faculty while meeting with preceptor during clinical site visit)

*Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Tool is a multiple-choice exam that covers the core clinical areas taught during the didactic year. It is provided by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). It is given to each PA student at the end of the didactic year (and again near the end of the clinical year). 

****Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) given to each PA student at the end of the didactic year. All OSCEs include assessment of student’s clinical skills and techniques as well as development of rapport, professionalism, cultural sensitivity and humanism.  Scale: Meet (≥70%) or Exceed (≥90%)

GOAL 3: Provide experiential education in a variety of clinical environments with diverse populations that foster the development of humanistic and clinical practice skills needed for entry into the workplace:

During the second year of the JWU PA program, students have clinical rotation experiences in the areas of behavioral health, women’s health, surgery, family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, and emergency medicine. These experiences are in a variety of settings including large, multi-hospital systems, independent community hospitals, community health centers, large and small group practices, and independent providers. Patients in these settings, who represent the RI and Southern New England population, demonstrate that we meet our goal in providing diverse experiences to our students. 

Additionally, responses by students and clinical year preceptors to specific questions in survey and clinical year evaluation instruments demonstrate that our students have ample experiences with a diverse populations and manifest a humanistic approach to patient care.   

 Responses to Exit Survey and End of Rotation questions targeting diverse and humanistic care

* Source: Exit Survey (given to each student at the time of graduation) Scale: 1: Strongly Disagree, 2: Disagree, 3: Neutral, 4: Agree, 5: Strongly Agree

**End of Rotation Evaluation (completed by preceptor at the end of each clinical rotation); Score represents all students and all nine rotations

Scale: 1: No, 2: inconsistent, 3 YES

Demographic Data:
Figure 1 - Ethnicity


Source: Typhon: Site Demographics representing all clinical site data for class of 2017

GOAL 4: Graduate physician assistants with a collaborative and humanistic approach to patient care who demonstrate professional competency, ethical integrity and lifelong learning.

The mission of the JWU PA program is to educate students to become collaborative practitioners with the respect, empathy and trust inherent to patient-centered, humanistic health care.

We are proud that our students “live” our mission by manifesting a collaborative and humanistic spirit as they deliver patient care. Table 4 includes data from the students successful completion of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) just prior to graduation, formal presentation of a clinical case to faculty, and clinical year evaluations by their clinical preceptors. All responses and data demonstrate that we have achieved our goal.

Data representing responses from students who were asked to rate their preception of how the program prepared them for entry into practice

*Source: Graduate Survey (given to graduates 6 months after graduation) allows rating how prepared they were in several areas of practice. Scale: 1: POORLY PREPARED, 2: MARGINALLY PREPARED, 3: ADEQUATELY PREPARED, 4: WELL PREPARED, 5: VERY WELL PREPARED; Class of 2017 results will be updated as responses are received

**Masters Project, completed near the end of the clinical year, evaluates the utilization of evidence and presentation skills and is graded by faculty. Scale: Meet (≥70) or Exceed (≥90) out of possible 100 points. 

***Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) accomplished by each PA just [prior to graduation. All OSCEs include assessment of student’s clinical skills as well as development of rapport, professionalism, cultural sensitivity and humanism.  Scale: Meet (≥70%) or Exceed (≥90%)

GOAL 5: To follow an ongoing program of self-assessment necessary for JWU Physician Assistant Program accreditation that meets and exceeds standards required by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

The JWU PA Program has been designed to provide self-assessment feedback to help us achieve continued improvement and progress. From its inauguration in 2014, the program has attracted talented faculty who presented a high-quality training curriculum that resulted in a first and second graduating class with a 100% first time pass rate on the PANCE exam.

The current accreditation status is temporary and will not affect current, former or future students. The JWU PA program remains accredited to accept, educate, and graduate new students. Upon graduation, students are able to sit for the NCCPA Certification Examination and apply for and receive licensure in all US states and territories.

At its September 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Johnson & Wales University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in September 2019.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Source: http://directory.paeaonline.org/programs/1014