Program Mission and Goals

The Division of Physician Assistant Studies is committed to improving health and quality of life for individuals within and beyond the state of West Virginia. The Division is dedicated to providing physician assistants to address health care needs by offering a high quality education program that strives for excellence in education and clinical practice. The Division, through a commitment to evidence-based practice, contributes to scholarship in the field. The program provides a model for addressing health disparity through an understanding of health and health policy, as well as awareness of demographic risk factors for health and quality of life as applied both locally and globally.

The goals of the program are to prepare physician assistants who: 1. Contribute as members of an inter professional team to deliver health care across multiple settings. 2. Address issues of prevention and chronic disease management in rural and underserved areas, especially in West Virginia.  3. Demonstrate evidence-based practice. 4. Demonstrate professional integrity through practice in an ethical and legal manner, according to the values and Code of Ethics for the physician assistant.  5.  Show a commitment to professional development and lifelong learning.