Mission & Goals

The mission of the EVMS Physician Assistant Program is to prepare students to provide health care in a broad range of medical settings by training them in the medical arts and sciences in an inclusive, multi-cultural environment dedicated to the delivery of patient centered care, while fostering a strong commitment to clinical and community partnerships.

The overall goals of the PA Program are to prepare graduates to provide quality health care and to nurture their service as capable leaders in clinical, research, and community service environments.

The successful achievement of the program’s mission is demonstrated through the following established goals and performance indicators.

Focus Area
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Attract and admit high quality applicants with healthcare experience.


PACKRAT clinical year exam scores for each class cohort will be comparable to or better than the national average.

PANCE Scores

Graduates of the EVMS PA Program will demonstrate mastery of the knowledge needed for an entry-level physician assistant.

Program Completion Rates

At least 90% of each entering class will complete the program and graduate on-time.

Community  Service

Foster an attitude of service for alignment with the Vision of EVMS: “Eastern Virginia Medical School will be recognized as the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the United States.”

Interprofessional Education

Produce graduates who demonstrate a basic knowledge of the diverse EVMS programs and disciplines and the value of teamwork by their participation in an interprofessional collaborative education (ICE) experience.


75% of graduates will have permanent employment within 6 months of graduation.

 Accomplishment of our goals will serve the:

  • Student, by fostering personal and professional discovery and development with the skills to become life-long learners
  • Patient, through student preparation to provide competent patient-centered primary and specialty care
  • Institution, by contributing to a seamless learning environment which fosters the development of competent and compassionate healthcare professionals
  • Community, by graduating professionals who understand the importance of community service, forging community alliances, and having an understanding of culturally appropriate care