Physician assistant program goals and outcomes
The four primary program goals are shown below. Click on a goal to learn more.
Goal: 80 percent of physician assistant students will graduate on time (within 27 months).
Faculty and staff with the physician assistant program are committed to helping all students finish successfully. The on-time graduation rate for the last three years averaged 97 percent.
Goal: 90 percent of physician assistant graduates will find employment in a health care setting.
The UC Davis physician assistant program has exceeded these employment goals in the past five years with nearly 100 percent of graduates finding employment in a health care setting.
Goal: 50 percent of physician assistant graduates will practice in medically underserved areas (MUAs), health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) or in primary care settings.
Over the past 40 years, the program graduated 1,800 nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with 67 percent of graduates working in underserved areas. Nearly 70 percent of graduates work in primary care, compared to much lower national averages of between 30 and 40 percent.
Goal: 90 percent of physician assistant students will pass the PANCE on the first attempt.
The mission of the UC Davis physician assistant program is to educate health care professionals to deliver care as members of interprofessional health care teams and to improve the availability of culturally relevant primary health care to underserved populations throughout California.
The program goal is to have 90 percent of students pass the PANCE on the first attempt. This goal was achieved in four of the past five years.