Mission, History, & Goals

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The mission of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is to educate a diverse student population as entry-level practitioners of primary care medicine, working with physician supervision, in order to provide the citizens of Nebraska, particularly those in rural and underserved areas, with quality medical care.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program was established as a result of a mandate from the Nebraska State Legislature in November of 1971. The purpose of the PA Program was to provide primary care providers for rural and underserved areas of Nebraska.

The first students graduated from the Program in 1975 with a bachelor's degree. In 1993, the Program began awarding a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and at the time, was one of the first PA programs nationally to offer a master's degree.

As the demand for a master's degree level of physician assistant education increased, in September of 1996, the PA Program established the Distance Learning Program. This Program allowed practicing PAs with a bachelor's degree earn master's degree while continuing to their PA practice.


Goal 1: To provide a comprehensive and relevant medical educational experience for students.
Goal 2: To provide the means and support for every entering student to graduate.
Goal 3: To prepare students to provide the highest quality, evidence-based and safe care for all patients.
Goal 4: To prepare exceptionally clinically competent graduates.
Goal 5: To prepare graduates with exceptional professionalism.
Goal 6: To prepare graduates to achieve 100% first-time pass rate on the PANCE.
Goal 7: To prepare graduates to meet primary care workforce needs.
Goal 8: To prepare graduates to improve access to medical care in Nebraska, especially its underserved populations.