Mission, Vision, Values and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Florida State University, School of Physician Assistant Practice is to educate and prepare physician assistants to practice patient-centered healthcare in any clinical setting and to be responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority and underserved populations throughout the state of Florida.

Vision Statement

The Florida State University, School of Physician Assistant Practice will be a national leader in PA education preparing highly skilled, compassionate PAs to practice the highest quality 21st Century patient-centered care.

Program Core Values

Core values exist for all of those affiliated with the School of Physician Assistant Practice at Florida State University. They are more than minimum standards and are designed to inspire us to do our very best at all times in the classroom, in our personal lives and as we engage in the practice of clinical medicine. As faculty, staff and students, it is important we understand them, use them and encourage others to do the same.

  • Integrity: We strive to always do the right thing (even when no one is looking) and act in ways that do not discredit ourselves, our program or profession.
  • Accountability: We stand on the results of our own merit.
  • Excellence: We pursue excellence in every aspect of our personal and professional lives.
  • Intellectual Curiosity: We practice curiosity, initiative, critical thinking and self-reflection in our personal and professional lives.
  • Openness: We encourage the free flow of information and seek feedback from all directions.
  • Respect: We respect everyone. No exceptions.
  • Service: We serve to make the lives of others better.
  • Advocacy: We seek to eliminate barriers to quality healthcare and advocate for our patients, our team and our profession.

Program Goals

  • Goal 1: Recruit and matriculate a diverse student body.
  • Goal 2: Educate PAs who intend to care for underserved populations.
  • Goal 3: Achieve first time PANCE pass rates at or above the national mean.
  • Goal 4: Graduate PAs who feel adequately prepared to enter clinical practice.

Program goals outcomes and results can be found here:  https://med.fsu.edu/pa/goals-and-outcomes 


At its September 2022 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) extended Accreditation-Probation status for the Florida State University School of Physician Assistant Practice program sponsored by Florida State University until its next review in September 2024.

Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

             The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-florida-state-university/