Program Goals & Outcomes


Mississippi State University-Meridian Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program Goals

  1. Recruit and select highly qualified applicants
    As evidenced by applicant demographics and prerequisite data submitted through CASPA
  2. Obtain Accreditation-Continuing
    Measured by achievement and maintenance of accreditation-continuing through the ARC-PA
  3. Develop and maintain a curriculum that promotes a 90% or greater graduation rate
    Measured by graduation rate per cohort
  4. Develop and maintain a curriculum that produces a PANCE first time pass rate above the national average
    Measured by comparison of the program first-time PANCE rates against the national rates

Student Learning Outcomes

ARC-PA Student Attrition
  Graduated Classes
Class of 2023 Class of 2024 Class of 2025
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 20 30 30
Entering class size 20 # #
Graduates 0 # #
* Attrition rate 0 # #
** Graduation rate 0 # #

* Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

** Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Mississippi State University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Mississippi State University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

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