Missions and Goals

UNMC Mission

We are Nebraska Medicine and UNMC.
Our mission is to lead the world in transforming lives to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities through premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care.

Division of PA Education Mission Statement

We will be innovative leaders in physician assistant education, developing clinicians who practice evidence-based medicine and provide exceptional, team-based care to all individuals and communities.

History

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 to earn a master's degree while continuing their PA practice.

The Principal Goals of the UNMC Physician Assistant Program:

  1. To develop exceptional clinicians

  Criterion 1
  PAEA End of Curriculum Exam Performance: Performance Levels
    Benchmark: At or above the national mean

  Criterion 2
  Student Graduation Exit Survey
    Benchmark: 90% or higher

  Criterion 3
  Clinical Preceptor Evaluation student rating of average or higher:
    Benchmark: 90% or higher

 

2021

Collection/recording of patient history

99.8%

Physical exam and interpretation of findings

99.7%

Oral case presentation

99%

Documentation of clinical encounter

99.7%

Appropriate selection & interpretation of diagnostic tests

99.7%

Ability to perform clinical procedures

99.5%

Prioritize data and identification of problems

99.7%

Problem-Solving and critical thinking

99.8%

Overall medical knowledge base

99.5%

Establishment of tentative diagnosis & differential 

99.7%

Ability to develop safe & effective treatment plan

99.7%

Ability to implement treatment plan

99.5%

Provides appropriate patient education 

98.2%

Overall Level of Technical Skills

100%

  2. To prepare professional graduates

  Criterion 1
  Program Professionalism Evaluation
    Benchmark: 100% of graduates

  Criterion 2
  Clinical Preceptor Evaluation student rating of average or higher:
    Benchmark: 90% or higher

 

2021

Overall Professionalism 

99.8%

Accepts responsibility for education & self-learning 

99.5%

Demonstrates appropriate response to criticism and feedback

99.6%

Demonstrates ethical behavior, truthfulness, integrity 

100%

Seeks additional learning opportunities

99.5%

Recognizes own limitations; Seeks help when needed

99.8%

Completes tasks in timely manner / Makes good use of time

99.5%

Shows initiative

99%

Is appropriately self-confident

99.3%

Is respectful to others in all situations

100%

Attitude is positive, approachable & appropriately assertive

99.8%

  3. To achieve student satisfaction in their educational experience

  Criterion 1
  Student Graduation Exit Survey
    Benchmark: 90% or higher

  4. To prepare graduates to achieve 100% pass rate on the PANCE.

  Criterion 1
  PAEA End of Curriculum Exam Performance: Overall Score
    Benchmark: At or above the national mean

 

2020

2021

National Average

Overall Score

1536

1543

1495

  Criterion 2
  UNMC PANCE Exam Review Workshop
    Benchmark: 100% of graduates

  Criterion 3
  NCCPA PANCE Results
    Benchmark: 100% of graduates pass the PANCE exam

  NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report July 2022

  5. Foster a culture of caring for the underserved.

  Criterion 1
  Clinical Experiences
    Benchmark: 100% of graduates

  Criterion 2
  Clinical Preceptor Evaluation student rating of average or higher:
    Benchmark: 90% or higher

 

2021

Practices culturally-informed care as appropriate

100%

Sensitive & responsive to culture, gender, age, disabilities & ethnicity of others

100%

  6. Admit and graduate students who will add to the diversity of the PA profession.

  Criteria 1
  Admission Process
    Benchmark: Utilize evidence-based best practices for fair admission processes across a
diverse population in health care careers

  Criteria 2
  Graduation rates
    Benchmark: Percent graduated on time is at or above the national average per the PAEA
Program Report 35

 

2020

2021

National Average

Graduated on time

89.4%

94.2%

93.6%

  7. To promote opportunities of leadership.

  Criterion 1
  Leadership Opportunities
    Benchmark: 20% or higher participate in leadership roles

  Criterion 2
  Conference Experience with Nebraska PA’s
    Benchmark: 100% of graduates

  Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants (NAPA) Annual Spring Conference in Kearney, NE

  8. To develop clinicians who practice effectively in a team-based environment.

  Criterion 1
  Clinical Preceptor Evaluation student rating of average or higher:
    Benchmark: 90% or higher

 

2021

Effective & efficient communication with team & staff 

100%

Effective & efficient communication with patient & family  

100%

Team oriented, works well with other professionals

99.8%

  9. To develop clinicians engaged in on-going evidence-based medicine practices.

  Criterion 1
  PAEA End of Curriculum Exam Performance: Locate, critically evaluate, integrate, & appropriately apply scientific evidence to patient care.
    Benchmark: At or above the national mean

 

2020

2021

National Average

Locate, critically evaluate, integrate, & appropriately apply scientific evidence to patient care.

1536

1545

1497

  Criterion 2
  Clinical phase evidence-based medicine assignments.
    Benchmark: Score 90% or higher

 

2019

2020

2021

Clinical Phase Evidence-based Medicine Assignment Scores

96.4%

96.5%

95.6%