Physician Assistant Studies (Through 5/31/17)

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Christian Brothers University is not accepting applications for its current PA Program. Information found on this webpage reflects the current PA Program.

CBU is in the process of proposing a new PA Program to the accrediting body and will begin to accept applications conditionally for the new PA Program starting June 1, 2017 through CASPA

If you are interested in learning more about the NEW PROGRAM, please click here for information or contact the PA Program.

Christian Brothers University is a four-year, private university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The University was founded in 1871 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a Catholic teaching order. Its mission is founded on the heritage of Lasallian education. CBU is located on a 75-acre wooded campus in midtown Memphis, Tennessee—about four miles east of downtown and close to major medical centers. 

Overview of the PA Profession

“Physician Assistants are academically and clinically prepared to provide health care services with the direction and responsible supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy. The physician-PA team relationship is fundamental to the PA profession and enhances the delivery of high quality health care. Within the physician — PA relationship, PA’s make clinical decisions and provide a broad range of diagnostic; therapeutic, preventive, and health maintenance services.  The clinical role of PA’s includes primary care and may include educational, research, and administrative activities.”  Excerpted from the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education (3rd Edition).

Why become a Physician Assistant?

Become a member of the healthcare team, practicing medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician, conducting physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, counseling patients and families on healthcare issues including preventive care, assisting in surgery, and participating in research and administrations. Physician Assistants are licensed to practice medicine, issue prescriptions, and practice in all medical fields including primary care, internal medicine and subspecialties, as well as surgical and emergency care. The PA's scope of practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.

MIssion of the Physician Assistant Program

To meet the needs of those suffering from a lack of quality primary care services by training healthcare providers who deliver excellent and compassionate care using current evidence-based medical information and knowledge. Our diverse graduates will become life-long learners collaborating with physicians and other healthcare workers in their communities to advance the profession of the Physician Assistant.

Strategic Goals Specific to the Physician Assistant Program
  • The program shall seek to recruit, educate and mentor a diverse group of students to become Physician Assistants providing quality health care.
  • The program shall provide an education inclusive of the fundamentals in academic and clinical experience necessary to prepare the student to function as a nationally certified PA.
    • Instill within the students a foundation of academic excellence though the development of critical thinking skills.
      • Provide basic foundation of skills in scholarly inquiry, medical or other literature analysis, medical writing, and professional presentation.
    • Students will be educated in an evidence-based medical model in fundamentals of biomedical, basic sciences, clinical medicine, health policy, and the application of medical technology in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
    • Students shall be educated in technical skills utilizing state-of-the-art resources available within the institution, as well as, regionally in world-class medical facilities.
  • The program shall seek to make the student aware of cultural differences and cultural norms that affect access to and utilization of health care.
    • Students will be fostered in the role of professionalism, ethical and other attributes required to establish and maintain appropriate and collaborative relationships with patients, families, colleagues, and the community at large.
      • The program shall seek, through the incorporation of it’s faculty, students, and graduates into the community, to advance regional awareness of the role of Physician Assistants and their positive impact on health care delivery and policy.
    • Students will be provided with the opportunity to care for diverse patients, families and populations in outpatient and inpatient settings.
      • The program shall seek to increase access to those individuals who live in areas of poverty and lack compassionate and quality primary care Physician Assistant service.
  • Students within the program shall be instructed in health maintenance and preventive care measures and the effect of each in maintaining and controlling health care costs.
  • Graduates of the program shall recognize the multifaceted role they represent in society; that being of health-care provider, patient advocate, professional role model, and agents of change.
CBU is for you if you:
  • Are looking for a faculty who have combined first-hand and clinical experience of more than 100 years;
  • Want to train at clinical facilities that have been ranked in the top fifty medical centers in the United States;
  • Are looking to serve those who are less fortunate or lack access to medical care;
  • Are looking for a program which maintains a low student to faculty ratio, thus assuring you of personalized, focused instruction;
  • Want to study in an environment that embraces traditional values of a Christian Perspective;
  • Respect each individual as a unique person;
  • Are seeking an excellent education to prepare for one of the Top Growth Professions as a Physician Assistant.
Accreditation Status
Current Accreditation

The ARC-PA accepted the plan for the Christian Brothers University PA program to withdraw from the ARC-PA accreditation process effective May 31, 2017. The program will remain on Accreditation-Probation until that time. The program will not accept any new students for enrollment. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Future Accreditation

Christian Brothers University (CBU) has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). CBU anticipates matriculating its first class in 2018, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at September 2017 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

The program will accept applications (conditional) starting June 1, 2017 through CASPA for the 2018 start date. Please periodically recheck this website for updates. 

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