Program Goals

Program goals and outcomes this past year

  • Provide educational experiences that exceed the expectations of students, clinical training sites, and the public.
    • WSU PAS performance on NCCPA exam in 2016 demonstrated a 100% pass rate
    • WSU PAS has a 5 yr. first time taker pass rate of 98%. The national 5 yr. first time taker rate is 95%
    • The Class of 2016 exit survey rated the program training experience as Very High/High in 96% of respondents
    • The Class of 2016 rated Excellent/Good the variety of clinical experiences seen on clinical rotations in 100% of respondents
  • Develop WSU PAS faculty as researchers and scholars leading the PA profession
    • PAS Faculty currently have over 70 publications from it's core faculty
    • PAS faculty have secured grant funding in 2016
    • PAS faculty have presented at both national and regional PA meetings in 2016
  • Enhance the diversity of our academic environment
    • PAS faculty and students have been involved with Interprofessional education in 2016-17 academic year
    • WSU PA students perform history and physicals, as well as clinical rotations, in the majority of the metro Detroit health systems, to enhance system-based diversity of learning experiences in the 2016-17 academic year.
    • The Class of 2016 exit survey found students rated exposure to cultures different from their own as Very High/High in 96% of respondents
  • Continue a strong tradition of service to the community by WSU PAS
    • WSU PAS Students participated in Special Olympics Health appraisals in 2016
    • WSU PA students hosted a giving campaign for the Child and Family Services of Northern Michigan, Inc. in October 2016
    • WSU PAS participated in MDA summer camp in June 2016
  • Promote the PA profession and WSU through a culture of leadership development
    • WSU PAS faculty and students participated in the Fall 2016 MAPA conference. WSU PA students won the MAPA/PA foundation Medical Challenge bowl in 2016.
    • WSU PAS had students chosen for the WSU Graduate Professional and the Masters Retention Scholarships in 2016
    • The MAPA Board of Directors and the State of Michigan PA licensing task force has WSU Alumni as members in 2016
    • Many Metro Detroit health systems have WSU PAS alumni as administrative leaders


The Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies program has also adopted the Physician Assistant Competencies as a guideline for program outcomes. The program has adapted the guidelines to encompass the core Physician Assistant Competencies and reflect the mission statement of the Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies program.

Physician Assistant competencies

The PA profession defines the specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes required and provides educational experiences as needed in order for physician assistants to acquire and demonstrate specific competencies. (Endorsed by AAPA, PAEA, ARC-PA, and NCCPA)

Program progression criteria

In order to advance from one semester to the next, and from Year I to Year II in the Physician Assistant Studies program, students must:

  • Complete all courses with a minimum grade of "B" or equivalent.
  • Comply with the Professional Curriculum.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Complete all didactic courses before entry into the clinical year curriculum.
  • Complete any incomplete grades prior to the conclusion of the clinical year.
  • Satisfactorily complete all clinical rotation objectives.
  • Successfully complete didactic and clinical comprehensive exams. Failure to comply with any of the progression criteria standards will result in an academic review by the Physician Assistant Studies program director and the program's Committee on Academic and Professional Progress.

Graduation requirements

The following requirements must be met in order to graduate with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies: 

  • Complete all 54 credit hours in the Physician Assistant program curriculum with a minimum of "B" or its equivalent in each course.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to Wayne State University. All courses contained within the Physician Assistant Studies curriculum must be completed prior to graduation without exception or exemption. The maximum amount of time to complete the course of study is two years, unless otherwise approved by the program. No transfer credit or credit by portfolio is accepted. No students are exempt from classes or class participation in workshops because of prior courses, training, or experience.