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Mission, Vision, Goals

Physician Assistant Program Mission

The mission of the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program is to prepare competent physician assistants who value and provide comprehensive, patient-centered, culturally sensitive primary care, and are committed to lifelong-learning, professional growth, community health, and caring for underserved populations.

Physician Assistant Program Vision

Our vision is to foster a culture of learning by employing innovative educational strategies and a team-based approach within a supportive environment and to provide an application-based curriculum centered on critical principles of health and disease.

Physician Assistant Program Goals

Our goals are to prepare physician assistants:

  • First-time PANCE pass rates above the national average
  • Graduation rates of 93% or better
  • Employment rates of 93% or better at six months after graduation
  • Alumni membership and participation in state PA organizations and the AAPA
  • Alumni participation in the UC Physician Assistant Program (e.g. serving on program committees, assisting with interviews, becoming adjunct instructors)

We strive to prepare students: 

  • Who practice primary care medicine
  • Who are committed to the medically underserved 
  • Who actively participate as members of their community
  • Who assume leadership roles within the profession
  • Who support and sustain the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program 

"Over the past year, the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program has been a place of professional and personal growth for me. The faculty has successfully created a unique environment that challenges students by taking them out of their comfort zone while providing support and encouragement. It is evident that our program’s main goal is to transform their students into warm, knowledgeable and open-minded providers worthy of caring for their own loved ones someday."
— Marisa Blatt, Class of 2016, Huntington, WV 

Contact Information

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University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program Blog 

Physician Assistant Program 
2300 MacCorkle Ave SE
Riggleman Hall #130
Charleston, WV 25304
Fax: 304-357-4932

Admissions Inquiries 
Pam Carden, MA
Admissions Coordinator

General Inquiries 
Lori Thornton
Administrative Assistant

UC's CASPA GRE Code is: 8830 

PA Direct Admission Application (CASPA) 

PA Fast Track Admission Application 

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