The mission of the Rocky Vista Physician Assistant Program is to prepare clinically competent, collaborative, and compassionate physician assistants to provide primary care.
The Program strives to achieve excellence in:
- Program completion (measurement: at least 95% of students graduate from the program)
- National certification (measurement: the program meets or exceeds the national mean for first-time pass rates for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam [PANCE])
- Graduate employment (measurement: at least 95% of graduates who seek PA employment are certified, licensed and practicing as PAs within 12 months of graduation)
- Achieving the program mission (measurement: employer surveys indicate high satisfaction with program graduates and qualitative review will indicate the meeting of the stated mission)
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.