Graduate Competencies

Graduates of the PA Program will be expected to:

  1. Accurately elicit a medical history and perform an appropriate physical examination based on patient presentation.
  2. Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis based on history and physical exam findings.
  3. Appropriately recommend and interpret common diagnostic studies based on history and physical exam findings.
  4. Diagnose and manage acute and chronic medical and psychological disorders based on clinical presentation and diagnostic testing results for patients across the lifespan.
  5. Develop and implement appropriate treatment plans for common disorders including medications, surgery, counseling, therapeutic procedures, rehabilitative therapies, or other therapeutic modalities.
  6. Perform common laboratory studies and clinical procedures.
  7. Screen for diseases, assess for risk factors of common disease, and initiate and recommend health promotion and disease prevention measures.
  8. Provide patient education and counseling for common medical and psychological illnesses, common medical procedures, therapeutic regimens, adherence, and health maintenance. 
  9. Recognize when a problem is beyond the scope of the PA provider and refer the patient to the supervising physician, appropriate specialists, and/or community resources.
  10. Effectively document medical information in a variety of formats.
  11. Demonstrate competence in written, oral, and electronic forms of communication with patients, families, and other members of the health care team.
  12. Perform a medical literature search, critically evaluate the relevance of the medical literature, and apply evidence based medicine principles to clinical practice.
  13. Show sensitivity regarding the emotional, cultural and socioeconomic aspects of the patient, the patient’s condition, and the patient’s family.
  14. Conduct themselves in a professional courteous manner and with the highest ethical and legal standards expected of a health care professional and consistent with the role and responsibilities of a physician assistant.
  15. Continue to develop lifelong learning skills through on-going self reflection, active engagement, and professional development.


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