About the Program

Graduates from the Francis Marion University Physician Assistant Program will receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

Physician Assistants (PAs) are skilled members of the healthcare team, qualified by academic and clinical experience to provide a broad range of services.

PAs, working under the guidance of supervising physicians, provide services including: performing patient interviews and physical examinations; interpreting laboratory and diagnostic studies; evaluating and managing acute and chronic disease; implementing treatment plans; counseling patients about health maintenance and disease management; monitoring responses to programs of therapy; and facilitating access to healthcare resources. Francis Marion University Department of Physician Assistant Studies seeks to educate our students to become skilled in all of these areas.

The PA department is housed in the Carter Center for Health Sciences, which contains state of the art equipment that gives you a great opportunity for learning. It is equipped with the latest teaching technology in medical education including a simulation center, on OSCE suite, physical exam and anatomy labs, large classrooms, and space for students to study and gather.

Mission Statement

The Francis Marion University Physician Assistant Program seeks to educate excellent primary care physician assistants to become compassionate, ethical, and clinically skillful graduates who are ready to provide health care services with personal and professional integrity.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the knowledge to diagnose, treat, and educate patients from diverse populations presenting with diseases across all organ systems and across the life span.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively collaborate interprofessionally with all members of the healthcare team as well as communicate with patients and their families to provide optimal care.
  • Demonstrate competence in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, gathering information, and formulating appropriate treatment plans for patients of all acuity levels.
  • Develop and consistently demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of the role of a Physician Assistant.
  • Demonstrate the ability to improve upon their practice as a Physician Assistant by critical self-assessment and evaluation of their knowledge, skills, and practice and critical analysis of evidence-based medicine and medical literature as resources.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills for sound medical decision-making in all aspects of healthcare delivery to include influences of society, economics, and the organization in which the Physician Assistant practices.