Mission

The WMU Department of Physician Assistant is dedicated to educating competent, caring physician assistants to practice primary care medicine with the supervision of a physician, and to providing physician assistants to serve in all areas of society.

Vision

Western Michigan University will prepare the highest quality physician assistants to practice primary care medicine within the changing health care environment of the 21st century.

Philosophy

The aim of the program is to facilitate the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to respond positively to the challenges and opportunities of future trends in health care delivery. The focus is on "higher order learning" to prepare the physician assistant student for critical thinking, ethical decision-making and the synthesis and judgment of problems, based on the bio-psycho-social model. The PA student will be insightful and aware of his or her own professional role and limitations, as well as the needs, styles, and values of patients, and those of other health professionals. PA students are considered "lifelong learners" of the art and science of medicine, as well as active learners who ask questions, uncover meaning and make decisions. 

Goals

Students

The department is committed to educating high-quality, effective physician assistants, who are lifelong learners and who respond positively to the future challenges and opportunities in health care delivery.

Community

The department is committed to contributing to the health and well being of society.

Profession

The department is committed to promoting and developing the physician assistant profession.

University and college

The department will assist Western Michigan University and College of Health and Human Services to accomplish their mission and goals as they apply to the department.