Loma Linda University Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Sciences educates primary care physician assistants who will complement the work of physicians by providing health care as active members of a professional health care team, excellence and compassion in health care for the whole person, and quality health care for under-served individuals and communities nationally and globally in accordance with the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions.
Graduates of the Loma Linda University Master of Physician Assistant program will be recognized for professional excellence, integrity, empathy, team effort, and advocating lifestyle changes to enhance health and prevent disease.
For the last four cohorts of students, there has been a 5% attrition rate. Our goal is for every student who is selected for the program to graduate from the program with his or her cohort. In the last four years, 95% of students have been able to accomplish this goal.
Primary Care Percentage
-Nearly two-thirds of our 2011 graduates (63%) plan on working in primary care.
-In our most recent alumni survey, 39% of alumni were working in primary care fields.
-For the Class of 2011, 46% already had a job offer by their final day of clinical rotations. While we do not offer a job placement service, we do provide all graduates and alumni with PA job listings that we receive in our department.
-In our most recent alumni survey, 96% of graduates were still working as PAs, with over half working in outpatient clinic settings.
Commitment to the Underserved
Employment in Underserved Areas
-In our most recent alumni survey, 21% of graduates were working in medically underserved areas.
-One of our graduates is currently working as a PA in Baja, Mexico, serving the rural community and a local orphanage by providing the only medical care in the area. www.siloeclinic.org
-One of our graduates is helping establish the PA Profession in New Zealand.
-Two recent grads were selected to receive full scholarships from the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and are working in medically underserved areas.