Mission & Goals


Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant with patient

The mission of the Franklin Pierce University Physician Assistant Program is to graduate competent and compassionate physician assistants who possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide high quality, patient-oriented primary care in diverse environments.  

Goals of the Franklin Pierce University Physician Assistant Program:

  • Prepare students to function as primary care providers in the health care setting while providing enhanced training for those who wish to specialize.
  • To educate Physician Assistants to practice patient-centered, holistic medicine; caring for the patient’s body, mind, and spirit.
  • To nurture students in the development of their professional role as a collaborative member of the health care team and their personal journey to becoming reflective, ethical practitioners.
  • To graduate self-directed learners with a desire to engage in critical evaluation of the practice of medicine and the medical literature.
  • To recruit students from rural and underserved communities, particularly those from Vermont and central and northern New Hampshire, as well as those from underrepresented populations in medicine.
  • To return these students to rural and underserved communities for clinical training and practice.