PA Program Competencies

Upon completion of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program, individuals will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An investigative and analytical approach to patient care incorporating core medical knowledge and critical thinking skills. (PA1)
  • Interpersonal communication skills to develop therapeutic, culturally sensitive and ethically sound relationships with patients, their families, and other members of the health care team. (PA2)
  • Patient-centered care that incorporates medical knowledge, procedural skills, team-based care and the active involvement of patients and families in their own health care across the lifespan. (PA3)
  • Positive values and ideals consistent with an ethical and professional approach to patient care, including the acknowledgement of professional and personal limitations. (PA4)
  • Practice and systems-based analysis to ensure patient safety and improve outcomes through continuous quality improvement. (PA5)
  • Appropriate responses to the complexities of the dynamic health care system by practicing in a cost effective and socially responsible manner while focused on the interest of the individual patient. (PA6)