Mission, Goals & Objectives


West Liberty University

Mission Statement

West Liberty University will launch its graduates into the community, work, and in environments with the readiness to be viable contributors. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge needed to meet future opportunities and challenges.

West Liberty University Department of Physician Assistant Studies


Mission Statement

The West Liberty Department of Physician Assistant Studies is committed to providing high-quality education to physician assistant candidates, who as an integral part of the health-care team, will provide empathetic and competent care to the patients they serve, including those in underserved areas.

General Goals

Graduates of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies will:

  • Be clinically competent primary care physician assistants who practice evidence-based medicine.
  • Reflect the highest standards of compassionate, legal, ethical, and moral conduct.
  • Be team-oriented, culturally sensitive providers who are dedicated to their communities.
  • Encourage improvement in the quality, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of patient care in their community and state.
  • Be critical-thinking and effective communicators with both patients and health care professionals.
  • Identify the lack of medical care in rural and underserved regions and consider practicing their discipline or providing service in such locations.
  • Have an appreciation of the greater field of knowledge beyond their discipline and recognize the importance of lifelong learning in maintaining a level of excellence in their practice.


Program Objectives

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree program is intended to prepare entry level medical professionals to assist the primary care physician with all medical and patient care responsibilities within the health care system, especially for rural and underserved populations. In order to accomplish this all-encompassing, student-based objective, the program will prepare the student to:

  • Practice cognitive skills specific to the systematic diagnostic process.
  • Practice problem-solving skills specific to the systematic diagnostic process.
  • Practice patient care methodologies consistent with Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) guidelines.
  • Understand all ethical considerations within the field.
  • Critically analyze clinical literature and methodologies.
  • Perform literature reviews critical to maintaining currency within the field.
  • Engage in community interaction.
  • Provide attainable health care in rural and underserved regions.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree program will also:

  • Establish cooperative and productive relationships with other schools, departments, and programs within the University, clinical affiliates and preceptor sites.
  • Implement continuous and periodic self-study which will provide ongoing monitoring, evaluation and improvement of program activities.
  • Encourage and provide opportunities for continued professional growth and development for Physician Assistant faculty.