The mission of the program is to increase access to healthcare, particularly in small, rural, and underserved areas, by educating future Physician Assistants who will provide high quality medical care in a compassionate and competent manner.
In addition to the goals of Heritage University, the Physician Assistant Educational Program goals are to:
- Actively recruit qualified candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Foster intercollegiate relationships to ensure applicants receive the prerequisite education and experience to become successful students.
- We meet with academic advisors from both local and regional academic institutions.
- Provide a broad based interprofessional education with an emphasis on primary care, allowing graduates to thrive in a dynamic health care environment.
- We belong to the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative, which allows our students to learn with, about, and from multiple healthcare related students.
- We are partners in a HRSA Grant, Primary Care Training Enhancement, which allows our students to receive additional interprofessional education in their clinical experience sites.
- Equip physician assistant students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are essential elements of professional practice and instill a desire for life-long learning.
- Our alumni are employed in multiple disciplines; 85.25% of class 1 and 58% of class 2 work in rural or under-served areas.
- Provide opportunities for, and encourage involvement in, interprofessional education, community professional activities, and organizations that advance the PA profession.
- Students are encouraged to participate in both state and national organizations.
- A member of class 3 served as an officer in the national student organization.
There continues to be strong demand for trained
health care providers in the Pacific Northwest. In partnership with their
supervising physicians, PAs can provide care for a diverse population of
patients in a wide array of settings and specialties.
Heritage University is
strategically positioned in a region where no such degree programs are
available elsewhere. Located in Toppenish, Washington, within the Yakama
Nation, the Heritage mission is to provide educational opportunities to
underserved and underrepresented populations. Heritage graduates often go on to
serve the needs of those same populations living and working in the communities
in which they were raised.