The Department of Physician Assistant Studies combines Marquette's Jesuit tradition of cura personalis ("care for the whole person") with the College of Health Sciences' Jesuit ideals
of concern for the spiritual, emotional and physical development
of the individual.
We're dedicated to educating physician assistants for supervised
practice of primary medicine in dynamic health care systems.
We realize our mission
through a synergistic strategy of educational goals.
We prepare each student intellectually, socially, affectively and spiritually to:
- Thoroughly interview and examine patients, order appropriate tests,
assess findings, and collaborate with the supervising physician
and, whenever possible, the patient to determine the appropriate
- Be effective communicators, listeners, observers and diagnosticians.
- Instill the importance of counseling, educating and motivating
patients and their significant others to take responsibility for
their physical, mental and spiritual health.
- Foster optimal PA and supervising physician
- Identify true emergencies and respond
- Be responsive and committed members of
the health care team and adhere to the team concept of health care delivery.
- Develop a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Demonstrate allegiance to the profession through participation in professional organizations.
- Contribute to the education of future
PA students by participating in physician assistant training.
The Marquette PA program achieves success in measuring its educational goals as evidenced by the 100% first time pass rate of the PANCE and the 100% job placement of our graduates.
Graduates of the Physician Assistant program will be able to:
Perform an appropriate history and physical exam on individuals that concludes with a working diagnosis and initial treatment plan.
- Apply the evidence-based principles of medicine to accurately diagnose and manage acute and chronic disease states and/or medical emergencies.
- Function effectively as a member of the healthcare team in respect to interpersonal relations, team skills and written and oral communications.
- Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning by participation in professional development activities on a continuing basis.
- Demonstrate cultural understanding and sensitivity in interactions with patients of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and alternative backgrounds.
- Synthesize the medical literature on a given topic and present both an oral and written review.