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

Student learning outcomes will be posted at a later date.


Mississippi State University-Meridian has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Mississippi State University-Meridian anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2021, pending achievement of Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2020 ARC-PA meeting.

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.

The program will not commence in the event Accreditation-Provisional is not granted.

For more information on the developing Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, please contact (