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Master of Physician Assistant Studies at RVU

| Admissions | Master of Physician Assistant Studies | Mission, Vision and Graduate Outcomes

MISSION, VISION AND GRADUATE 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

RVU Program Goals are to:

  1. Equip graduates with knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and manage primary care presentations at a level of competence that allows for indirect supervision
  • Measures and Graduate Outcomes:
    • Measure 1: Knowledge
      • Consistent improvement on the first-time taker PANCE rate to meet or exceed the national mean by 2025
      • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort RVU First-time Pass Rate National First-time Pass Rate
2020 77% 95%
2021 100% 93%
2022 97% 92%
  • Measure 2: Skills
    • Progression to an entrustable level of competence (level 3) by graduation
    • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort % Achieving Competency Level 3 of greater
2020 100%
2021 100%
2022 100%

2. Prepare graduates to work collaboratively in interprofessional environments 

Measures and Graduate Outcomes:

  • Measure 1:
      • Graduates complete an interprofessional course with osteopathic medical students (PAS 5001, PAS 5002)
      • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort % Completing Interprofessional Coursework
2020 100%
2021 100%
2022 100%
  • Measure 2:
    • Graduates indicate they feel prepared to work collaboratively in interprofessional environments as evidenced by exit survey scores above program benchmark (> 3.50)
    • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort Mean Score (exit survey)
2020 4.71
2021 4.83
2022 4.47

3. Train graduates to provide compassionate medical care to diverse patient populations and in a variety of clinical settings 

Measures and Graduate Outcomes:

  • Measure 1:
    • Graduates complete diversity, equity, and inclusivity training throughout the curriculum (PAS 5131, PAS 5132, PAS 5233)
    • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort % completing DEI training throughout the curriculum
2020 100%
2021 100%
2022 100%
  • Measure 2:
    • Graduates score at or above program benchmarks for compassion across clinical disciplines and settings (competency level 3)
    • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort % scoring Competency Level 3 or greater
2020 100%
2021 100%
2022 100%
  • Measure 3:
    • Graduates indicate they feel adequately prepared to care for patients from varied backgrounds as evidenced by exit survey scores above program benchmark (3.50)
    • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort Mean Score (exit survey)
2020 4.39
2021 4.26
2022 4.29

4. Promote life-long learning skills

Measures and Graduate Outcomes:

  • Measure 1:
    • Graduates complete evidence-based medicine courses (PAS 5135, PAS 5136)
    • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort % Completing evidence-based medicine courses
2020 100%
2021 100%
2022 100%
  • Measure 2:
    • Graduates complete a capstone research project (PAS 5272)
    • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort % Completing research project
2020 100%
2021 100%
2022 100%
  • Measure 3:
    • Graduates indicate they have the skills required to gather evidence to make effective clinical decisions as evidenced by exit survey scores above program benchmarks (3.50)
    • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort Mean Score (exit survey)
2020 4.35
2021 4.51
2022 4.15

5. Promote student success and program completion

Measures and Graduate Outcomes:

  • Measure (2):
    • Student attrition rate below the national average (11.7% - PAEA 35th Program Report)
    • Graduation rate > 90%
  • Graduate Outcomes:
Cohort Attrition Graduation Rate
2020 6% 94%
2021 2.7% 97%
2022 5.6% 94.4%

PA Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs): 

 The RVU/PA Program Graduates:

  • Provide quality comprehensive patient care. (Patient Care)
  • Apply medical knowledge in the practice environment. (Medical Knowledge)
  • Incorporate evidence-based clinical reasoning into medical decisions. (Practice-based Learning)
  • Communicate effectively in clinical settings.(Interpersonal Communication Skills)
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors in educational and practice environments. (Professionalism)
  • Navigate evolving healthcare systems to provide optimal patient care. (Systems-based Practice)
  • Work collaboratively within an interprofessional team. (Interprofessional Collaboration)
  • Employ strategies that promote life-long personal and professional growth. (Personal/Professional Development)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The University tuition, fees and cost of attendance are updated annually. To learn more about the tuition costs, individual health insurance and the tuition refund process, click on Tuition and Fees above.

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.

CONTACT THE PA PROGRAM

COLORADO CAMPUS
8401 South Chambers Rd.

Englewood, CO 80112
303-373-2008

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