The LHUP PA Program is proud to be mission oriented and has as its primary goals to place graduates in medically underserved regions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In order to achieve this goal the program accepts a portion of the student body from rural and potentially disadvantaged backgrounds realizing that there is an increased likelihood that they will return to similar areas for clinical practice. This policy is felt to be reflected on our first time pass rate. The program chooses to sacrifice perfect performance on National Boards in return for a higher than national average of returning graduates to areas of underserved practice.
Documentation of our five year results can be found on our NCCPA Five Year Report
The Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program is dedicated to meeting program-defined outcomes tied to the program's mission. Evidence of the program’s success in meeting these outcomes is provided below:
- Graduates of the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program will be competent in the delivery of high-quality healthcare as primary care physician assistants.
- Students graduating from LHU’s PA Program in the Class of 2016 achieved a first-time pass rate of 97% on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (national average: 96%)
- The five-year average first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam for LHU PA Program graduates is 96% (national average: 94%)
- 3 months prior to graduation, students are required to successfully pass comprehensive and summative testing in order to insure competency in the following areas: history-taking, physical exam skills, diagnostic test interpretation, plan development, pharmacology/therapeutics, and general medical knowledge.
- Employer surveys regarding LHU PA Program graduates are consistently favorable with specific comments including: “Excellent fund of knowledge,” “Commend your program for its excellent depth in curriculum,” and “Very satisfied with preparedness and professionalism.”
- Graduates of the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program will exhibit expertise in the needs of the medically underserved.
- The program seeks to foster knowledge and understanding of the unique medical needs of both rural and urban underserved populations. This is accomplished through a number of mechanisms, including:
- Mandatory service activities,
- Community research projects, and
- Formal coursework.
- In the fall semester of the didactic year, students are required to take a 3-credit Underserved Populations course.
- Clinical year students can expect that some of their clinical assignments will be in areas of the state designated as either a health professional shortage area (HPSA) or medically underserved (MUA), and many of our graduates go on to find employment in these same areas (see relevant data in program outcome number 4).
- Graduates of the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program will perform continuous self-assessment and critical evaluation of healthcare delivery as leaders in medical/social systems to improve the health of underserved populations.
- The Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program cultivates leaders within the PA profession as well as within communities.
- From its first graduating class in 1998 to the present, alumni of the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program successfully acquire and hold positions of prestige throughout the United States.
- Our graduates hold positions of leadership within the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), state Physician Assistant societies, specialty Physician Assistant societies, national and local medical boards and societies, and community service organizations.
- Many of our graduates hold faculty positions in Physician Assistant education and have authored or co-authored publications regarding health initiatives and the PA profession.
- Click here to see just a few examples of what our graduates have done.
- Graduates of the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program will seek and retain employment as primary care physician assistants in medically underserved areas within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- The Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program routinely performs graduate and employer surveys in order to analyze the career choices as well as level of preparation of graduates.
- Aggregate data based on respondents to these surveys over the past 5 years (2010 – 2014) reveals the following relevant statistics:
- 65.2% of respondents are employed within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- 41.3% of respondents are employed in primary care*
- *Nationally, 32.1% of clinically practicing PAs identify themselves as working in a primary care setting (family medicine, family medicine/urgent care, Ob/Gyn, general pediatrics, and general internal medicine) as their primary specialty of practice. (AAPA, 2013 AAPA Annual Survey Report, p.7)
- 19.6% of respondents are employed in areas designated as either a health professional shortage area (HPSA) or medically underserved (MUA)
- Recent Article Published by the Rural Health Research Center ranked the Lock Haven University PA Program as 7th in the nation in deploying physician assistants into rural areas. Article
Larson EH, Andrilla CHA, Morrison C, Ostergard S, Glicken A. Which Physician Assistant Training Programs Produce Rural PAs?
A National Study. Policy Brief #154. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington, Feb 2016.
LHU PA Program Outcomes (2005-2011)