Celebrating 40 years

The Trevecca Physician Assistant (PA) Program has been in existence since 1976, having graduated over 1,000 graduates to date. Alumni have served all across the world from the United States to Mongolia and Africa. The PA Program at Trevecca is 27 months in length, consisting of a 15-month didactic phase and a 12-month clinical phase. At completion, students earn a Master of Science in Medicine (MSM).

Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program of Trevecca Nazarene University, sponsored by Trevecca Nazarene University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Mission Statement

The Physician Assistant Program exists to prepare professionally competent physician assistants who will use their skills to serve their communities in compassionate ministry.

Statement of Purpose

  • To fulfill the mission statement the Physician Assistant Program commits itself to:
  • Recruit qualified candidates for admission into the program.
  • Provide a high quality educational program, which meets Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) accreditation standards.
  • Provide adequate learning resources and support systems that assist students in meeting the academic requirements of the physician assistant department.
  • Integrate faith in learning in the life and thought of students.
  • Encourage students to develop life-long learning behaviors that prepare them for a career in medicine.
  • Engage in on-going review and evaluation of department effectiveness in preparing competent physician assistant graduates.

Program Goals

1. Prepare professionally competent Physician Assistants for entry into clinical practice.

  • Our current curriculum design focuses on encompassing all PA competencies as put forth by the NCCPA in a manner that facilitates acquisition of these competencies.
  • Refer to the Graduate Performance on Certification Exam for the PANCE rate of the last 5 years.

2. Maintain a level of first-time PANCE pass rates above the national average.

3. Prepare physician assistants who will use their skills in compassionate ministry/service.

  • Trevecca’s PA students participate in learning experiences with The Clinic at Mercury Courts and Room In The Inn which serve Nashville’s medically underserved and homeless population.
  • Trevecca’s PA students have opportunities to complete clinical rotations with faith-based facilities during the clinical phase of the program.
  • Trevecca’s PA students have opportunities to participate in foreign mission trips and rotations to areas such as Zambia, Swaziland and Haiti.
  • Trevecca’s PA graduates are currently serving at multiple non-profit medical clinics and sites such as Faith Family Medical Clinic in Nashville, Siloam Family Health Center in Nashville, Resurrection Health in Memphis and a facility in the Dominican Republic.

4. Prepare physician assistant students to provide patient-centered health care to patients from diverse populations as a part of an inter-professional collaborative team.

  • The program’s curriculum is designed to facilitate the development of these skill sets in our students with courses such as Medical Ethics, Introduction to the Profession, and Medical Communications; and incorporating Inter-Professional Education (IPE) experiences and assessments throughout the student’s tenure in the program.

5. Prepare physician assistant students to practice medicine with a commitment to ethical, legal and regulatory standards.

Graduate Performance on Certification Exam

Trevecca is pleased to report the Class of 2016 and Class of 2017 pass rate of 100%. The link below gives the five-year NCCPA PANCE pass rate report for first-time takers: