Northeastern State University Physician Assistant Studies Program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Northeastern State University Physician Assistant Studies Program anticipates matriculating its first class in July 2019, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2019 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards
or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards
as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. (ARC-PA Standard
The goals of NSU’s Physician Assistant Studies Program are as follows:
- The program will provide a learning environment that promotes critical thinking and self-directed learning in a comprehensive curriculum of basic and clinical sciences.
- The program will promote an educational environment of cultural sensitivity, inclusion, and respect for individual differences.
- Students will learn a team-based approach to patient-centered care and problem solving in preparation for roles in interprofessional healthcare team, community service, and leadership.
- Graduates will demonstrate high levels of medical knowledge and effectively apply that knowledge to patient care.
- Graduates will provide healthcare in rural Oklahoma and in service to American Indian populations.
- The Program will post the success of achieving these goals on this website after the first cohort completes the program.
The mission of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Northeastern State University is to address the increasing shortage of healthcare professionals in Northeastern Oklahoma and surrounding communities by graduating exceptionally qualified and compassionate physician assistants. We seek to address the healthcare needs, resident well-being, and economic health of this region and state by providing a high quality graduate program designed to educate exceptional physician assistant practitioners with the highest ethical standards. Sensitivity will be instilled in PA students for the American Indian populations and the underserved utilizing a modern campus and outstanding medical educators.