Learning Outcomes

Program Competencies

Physician Assistant

1. Patient Centered Practice Knowledge:
a. Gather essential and accurate information about patients through history-taking, physical examination, and diagnostic studies to provide patient-centered care.
b. Synthesize and critically evaluate the most current scientific evidence and the stories of individual patients to formulate a diagnosis and develop and implement patient management plans, provide preventative care, and promote individual wellbeing.
c. Perform or assist in the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures associated with the management of medical and surgical conditions.
d. Identify and correct gaps in knowledge, skill, or attitude by engaging in self-motivated learning and self-reflection.
2. Society and Population Health:
Integrate individual, societal, community, and global determinants of health into a shared medical decision-making approach to patient care and wellness.
3. Health Literacy and Communication:
Exhibit interpersonal and communication skills that encourage effective exchange of information, awareness of unconscious bias, incorporation of health literacy, and cultural humility in order to promote improved medical outcomes and health equity.
4. Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Leadership:
Establish one’s own role and integrate knowledge of other professions in an interprofessional healthcare team that partners with the patient to advocate for and establish a patient-centered clinical approach to healthcare.
5. Professional and Legal Aspects of Healthcare:
Promote the continued advancement of the Physician Assistant profession through emphasis on professional maturity and accountability, understanding of standards of care and professional integrity, and knowledge of laws and regulations that govern the delivery of healthcare.
6. Healthcare Finance and Systems:
Contribute to the greater health care system though encouragement of system-based practice, cost-effective health care and resource allocation, high quality patient care, and attention topublic and population health concerns.