Our Mission & Values

Emory & Henry College Health Sciences Campus in Marion, Virginia

To provide a collaborative, interprofessional, and inclusive culture that prepares highly-competent healthcare professionals who exhibit exemplary professionalism; provide culturally sensitive, mindful, patient/client-centered healthcare services; and actively contribute to the advancement of their professions and communities through leadership, scholarship, and service.

PA students taking the Physician Assistant Oath

School of Health Sciences Commencement with President John W. Wells presenting a diploma.

Our Core Values


We are committed to developing professionals who demonstrate compassion, integrity, and competence. Students, faculty, and staff adhere to the highest ethical principles, including a focus on responsibility and accountability. We practice congruence between our words, values and actions. A central tenet of professionalism is respect, and in appreciation of the worth and dignity of all individuals, students, faculty, and staff treat all persons accordingly.


We strive to prepare compassionate servant leaders who provide quality healthcare to their patients and are positive change agents within their professional organizations and communities. Students, faculty, and staff promote a sense of social responsibility and mutual trust between their professions and the larger public through leadership, scholarship, and service opportunities.


Our dedicated, highly qualified faculty and staff are devoted to providing transformative healthcare education with a goal of developing competent, compassionate and empathetic healthcare leaders committed to serving patients, the community, and the region.


We strive to provide a sustained culture of understanding and respecting our varied disciplines while working together to promote teamwork through inter- and interprofessional collaboration. Our ultimate goal is to prepare our students to work effectively as leaders in multidisciplinary healthcare teams to enhance and improve patient outcomes.


We value a diverse community of students, staff and faculty from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, cultures, identities and human differences. We promote cultural humility and sustain a sense of inclusivity with all showing kindness, respect and commitment to each other’s successes. Our commitment to inclusiveness helps to make us more sensitive and responsive to health inequities.