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ODU's Physician Assistant Studies Program was the first of its kind in Central Ohio. Our program offers exceptional educational training, service opportunities in local communities, and a diversity of rotations within medical organizations around the state.

  • Mission Statement

    Ohio Dominican's Physician Assistant Studies Program will educate students to become well-qualified, competent physician assistants practicing in physician supervised primary care and specialty patient focused teams.  

    The ODU PA Program embraces a holistic approach to the pursuit of excellence in academics, research, clinical practice and community service.

    The ODU PA program will provide students with the capability to:
    • Provide quality, compassionate ethical healthcare services.
    • Continue to develop as professionals through the Dominican motto: contemplare et contemplate aliis tradere (to contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation).
    • Be sensitive to individuals no matter the circumstance or background
    • Work collaboratively with other health care professionals.
    • Become leaders through continued knowledge, growth, research, publication and professional activity.
  • Program Goals & Objectives

    To maintain program standards with nationally recognized governances, the overall goals and objectives for the Physician Assistant Studies program are based upon the ODU PA Program's Mission Statement, current and future healthcare needs of an ever-changing world and the dynamic requirements of the PA profession.

    It is further based upon Curricular Guidelines and Competencies for the PA Profession as well as the NCCPA Code of Conduct as ascribed by the following organizations:  

    • Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of Physician Assistants (ARC-PA)
    • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
    • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
    • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)

    These goals and objectives ensure that students in the PA program meet nationally recognized standards and attain knowledge, skills and assessments in order to be successful upon completion of the program.  

    Specific, measurable objectives are described in each curricular component within course syllabi.

    It is expected that the physician assistant student graduating from the ODU PA program will be able to demonstrate the following general goals inherent in the practice of medicine:

    1. The Well Qualified Competent Physician Assistant

    • The Program provides a high quality curriculum that addresses ARC-PA accreditation standards for curriculum content, PANCE Blueprint curriculum content, and current and evidence-based guidelines for quality care.
    • The Program assesses student competency through assessments and evaluations in order to ensure successful completion of the Program, successful PANCE performance, and successful entry into the PA profession.
    • The Program monitors the satisfaction of graduate employers and will modify the Program appropriately to maintain high employer satisfaction.
    • The Program encourages the Team approach to patient care in accordance with curriculum design and clinical rotations.
    • Show entry-level proficiencies necessary to provide high quality primary care in a rapidly changing health care system

    2. The Holistic Physician Assistant

    • The Program provides policies and curriculum content that identify, develop and reinforce compassion in applicants, students, and graduates.
    • The Program emphasizes patient-centered care.
    • The Program provides curriculum content, service opportunities, and  clinical experiences that address the care of diverse and vulnerable populations.
    • The Program encourages participation in community service through faculty mentorship and example.

    3. The Professional Physician Assistant

    • The Program monitors and promotes professional behaviors during didactic and clinical years.
    • Demonstrate attitudes and skills which show a commitment to professional behavior along with respect for self and others.
  • Service-Oriented Atmosphere

    ODU's PA Program is developing partnerships with organizations in Central Ohio to engage in service opportunities throughout the community.  

    Further, all students will perform a service-component during the didactic phase for the course "Diverse & Vulnerable Patient Populations."

    Our belief is that a challenging atmosphere of learning, combined with a supportive atmosphere of care, brings out the best in students whose desire is to help others.

  • Catholic Statement of Principles
    ODU's master’s program in Physician Assistant Studies promotes the Roman Catholic moral teaching on the transcendent and inherent dignity of the human person. 

    The University’s faculty, staff, and students work to guard that dignity through their respect for human life from conception to natural death and by their assurance of the right to freedom of conscience for each person involved in the Physician Assistant Studies program.
  • Assessment of Goals & Outcomes

    Ohio Dominican University's Physician Assistant Program recognizes our responsibility to state the outcomes of our goals to prospective and enrolled students.

    The program plans to assess these goals by evaluating eight-month, post-graduate surveys of our alumni and their employers to assess the competency of the ODU PA graduate.

    The program will also use students’ performance on the PANCE as an assessment of the success of our goals and objectives. 

    View Assessment of PA Competencies

    View Success in Meeting Program Goals
  • Accreditation Status

    At its September 2015 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Ohio Dominican University Physician Assistant program sponsored by Ohio Dominican University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next validation review in 2017.

    Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

    Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk of having their accreditation withdrawn. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed for the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional officials(s).

    What does this mean for Ohio Dominican's Program?

    The program remains accredited and Ohio Dominican University is committed to maintaining a program of the highest quality and standards with our graduates. Our inaugural class of graduates achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the PANCE Exam, and 100 percent of those alumni are working in the profession. 

    The two-year probation is a temporary standing within accreditation. Although the program is on temporary probation, we have already begun our work to address the concerns cited in the ARC-PA report. Ohio Dominican's Physician Assistant Studies Program is still an accredited program that is producing outstanding results.

    Program Director Shonna Riedlinger is overseeing the development of a comprehensive action plan designed to bring the program into full compliance with accreditation standards. Furthermore, the ODU PA faculty and staff team continue to work diligently in maintaining a robust and successful program that addresses a changing health care environment.

Emily Breymaier on a Medical Mission to Haiti