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MISSION, VISION AND OUTCOMES

The mission of the Rocky Vista Physician Assistant Program is to prepare clinically competent, collaborative, and compassionate physician assistants to provide primary care.

Goals/Strategic Priorities

The Program strives to achieve excellence in:

Program Completion

  • Indicators of success:
    • At least 95% of cohort graduates from the program
      • Status: 94% of those that matriculated into the graduating class of 2020 graduated

National certification

  • Indicators of success:
    • Graduates meet or exceed the national mean for first-time pass rates for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE)
      • Status: First-time national PANCE pass rate: 95%
        • First-time RVU PA PANCE pass rate: 80%

Employment Rate

  • At least 95% of graduates who seek employment are certified, licensed and practicing as PAs within 12 months of graduation
    • Status: Data pending

Achieving the program mission

  • Employer surveys indicate high satisfaction with program graduates
  • Qualitative review indicates graduates meet the stated Program mission
    • Status: Data pending

PA Program Graduate Competencies

The RVU PA Program has adapted professional competencies from those utilized by the following medical education organizations: AAPA, ARC-PA, NCCPA, PAEA, AAMC, NBOME and AACOM. The Program has identified those competencies that will be measured throughout student training and placed them into the appropriate Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). This allows for clear identification of student expectations as well as a mechanism to evaluate student progression toward competence. The RVU PA program provides educational experiences to support student development of requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes corresponding with competence in each of the EPAs.

PA Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs): 

The RVU/PA Program Graduate:

  • Performs patient care responsibilities accurately, efficiently and with consideration of patient preferences and cost; 
  • Makes clinical decisions based on evidence and appropriate clinical reasoning;
  • Applies knowledge in the practice environment, resulting in improved practice and patient outcomes; 
  • Communicates effectively with peers, supervisors, team members, patients and families;
  • Demonstrates professional behaviors in both the educational and practice environments;
  • Works collaboratively within a comprehensive system of care;
  • Demonstrates behaviors required to manage the ambiguity of clinical care.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The University reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time without advanced notice. Learn more about the tuition payment schedule, individual health insurance status, and the tuition refund process.

The Physician Assistant Program processes hundreds of applications for admissions each year. Learn more about requirements for admissions including GRE scores, minimum prerequisite course work, and GPA requirements.

The MPAS curriculum is sequenced and designed to address and integrate the entrustable professional activities in which are contained the competencies the student must achieve to successfully enter the profession upon graduation.

RVU PA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

CONTACT THE PA PROGRAM

COLORADO CAMPUS
8401 South Chambers Rd.

Parker, CO 80134
303-373-2008

For faster response, please direct inquiries to the PA Program:
admissions@rvu.edu