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Accreditation and Outcomes  

M.S.P.A. Accreditation

Accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA), the Physician Assistant degree at Seton Hall University prepares practitioners with a depth of knowledge and judgment to perform as knowledgeable and highly skilled clinicians.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2017. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

M.S.P.A. Outcomes

Students who graduate from an accredited program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (PANCE).

The PANCE pass rates for first-time takers, by year of graduation is available here »

M.S.P.A. Program Goals

The major goals of the Seton Hall University PA program are to:

Provide a high quality, comprehensive didactic education which ensures graduates possess the basic science and clinical knowledge to serve as an effective PA.

The primary outcome assessing PA program graduate knowledge is the PA National Certifying Examination.

  • The program's five-year pass rate (99%) remains above the national pass rate (93%).
  • The classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014 had a 100% first time pass rate.
  • Data from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants indicates that 98% of program alumni maintain active certification as a PA.

Provide a wide range of clinical experiences to ensure that graduates have the broad patient exposure necessary to develop essential clinical skills.

The average length of a PA program is 27 months. The PA program at Seton Hall is 33 months in length with 16 of those months devoted to clinical rotations.

  • Seton Hall maintains affiliations with approximately 145 clinical sites for student placements. Sites range from urban clinics managing the health of underserved populations to suburban sites which work on a concierge care model.
  • Students in the class of 2014 logged an average of 875 patient encounters during their clinical rotations.
  • Student evaluations regarding the quality of our clinical preceptors are collected at the conclusion of each rotation. Evaluations have been collected electronically since 2008. On average our preceptors have been rated 4.54 out of 5 (90%).

Prepare graduates to function as competent entry-level PAs in diverse settings.

In addition to working in primary care specialties like family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and women's health, graduates work in fields including but not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Infectious disease
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain management
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Plastic surgery
  • Rheumatology

Foster an appreciation for interprofessional patient care.

Being housed in Seton Hall University's School of Health and Medical Sciences affords the PA program easy access to health professionals in fields such as athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology. In 2014, the School of Health and Medical Sciences announced the development of a Center for Interprofessional Education in the Health Sciences.

  • Didactic year coursework including anatomy and neuroscience is taken alongside students from other health disciplines.
  • Faculty from the allied health disciplines lecture to students during the Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine course.
  • All students participate in several school-wide interprofessional events where patient care is discussed from the perspective of different disciplines.

Afford students the opportunity to develop a foundation for competence in research.

As they progress through the research curriculum, students work in teams to develop a research question, design a study, collect and interpret data and draw a conclusion. Student findings are presented annually at the University's Petersheim Research Exposition.

  • One or more student posters have been accepted annually since 2003 for display at the American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference.
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