The MPAS curriculum is adapted from a competency-based model. This model is based on a system of medical education that focuses on outcomes. Graduate outcomes are identified based on core clinical tasks grounded in patient safety. Each clinical task is known as an Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA), and each is associated with professional competencies – the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to complete each task. Advancing sequencing of competencies support learner progression from novice, to competent physician assistant. Learning experiences resemble the practice environment and are tied to an essential graduate ability. Clinical teaching emphasizes learning through experience and application, not just knowledge acquisition. Progression of learners is identified via multiple frequent assessments held throughout the curriculum, to confirm a threshold level of competence is reached prior to graduation.
The didactic phase of training is two semesters in length and moves the learner from foundational concepts to clinically oriented content. The subsequent five semesters of clinical training are dedicated to advancing the student to the level of “competent” for all core EPAs. This is accomplished during supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) and through delivery of advanced clinical topics.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be prepared to enter the physician assistant profession, obtain national certification, gain state licensure, and provide clinically competent and compassionate care as part of a collaborative patient-centered team.
There are a total of 122 credit hours for the program.