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Program Success

The mission of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Oklahoma, School of Community Medicine, Tulsa, is to train physician assistants to provide quality health care to the citizens of Oklahoma with an emphasis on serving diverse and underserved communities.

The OU-TU SCM Physician Assistant Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma was founded in 2008 to meet the needs of the state of Oklahoma for health care providers.

Since the first class graduated in 2010, the program has produced 190 PAs, 97% of the students who entered the program. All of the graduates have passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), with over 99% doing so on their first attempt.  Every graduate seeking employment is currently practicing clinically, with 81% in the state of Oklahoma. These outcomes illustrate that we are successful in providing quality PAs to the citizens of Oklahoma.


Our most impressive success is the fact that fully 40% of our graduates are providing primary care health care services to their communities.  Other successes are placing over 20% of the students in rural clinics in 2010 and 2012. Similarly, approximately 20% of our graduates are providing services to underserved populations. These statistics demonstrate that our emphasis on serving the rural and urban underserved is influencing graduates’ career choices.

PA 2014
Summary of OU School of Community Medicine PA Graduates
  201020112012201320142015TOTAL
PA Trainees
Number Students Entering202424252627146
Number Students Graduating100% (20)100% (24)96%  (23)92% (23)96% (25)96% (26)97% (141)
PANCE Performance
First Time Pass Rate95% (19)96% (23)100% (23)100% (23)100% (25)100% (26)99% (139)
Employment
Getting a PA job100%(20)100% (24)100% (23)100% (23)100% (25)100% (26)100% (141)
Practice Characteristics
Rural communities20% (4)4% (1)22% (5)9% (2)17% (4)3% (1)12% (17)
Suburban/Urban communities80% (16)96% (23)78% (18)91% (20)83% (20)97% (25)87% (122)
Primary Care40% (8)29% (7)61%(14)50% (11)38% (9)58% (15)45% (64)
Medical Specialties30% (6)33% (8)13%(3)27% (6)20% (5)18% (5)23% (33)
Surgery25% (5)21% (5)17%(4)14% (3)13% (3)12% (3)16% (23)
Emergency Medicine5% (1)17% (4)9%(2)9 % (2)29% (7)12% (3)13% (19)
Underserved populations25% (5)13% (3)22% (5)14% (3)17% (4)12% (3)16% (23)
Tulsa80% (16)63% (15)52%(12)59% (13)58% (14)73% (19)63% (89)
Oklahoma100% (20)71% (17)78% (18)73% (16)79% (19)88% (23)81% (113)
Out-of-state0% (0)29%(7)22%(5)27% (6)21% (5)12% (3)19% (26)