MPAS End-of-Degree Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Kettering College MPAS will possess these competencies developed by the NCCPA, AAPA, ARC-PA and PAEA --

Medical knowledge includes an understanding of pathophysiology, patient presentation, differential diagnosis, patient management, surgical principles, health promotion and disease prevention. Physician assistants must demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care in their area of practice. In addition, physician assistants are expected to demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations.

Physician assistant students/graduates are expected to:

  1. Recognize and explain etiologies, risk factors, underlying pathologic processes, and epidemiology for medical conditions
  2. Identify signs and symptoms of medical conditions
  3. Select and interpret appropriate diagnostic or lab studies
  4. Manage general medical and surgical conditions to include understanding the indications, contraindications, side effects, interactions, and adverse reactions of pharmacologic agents and other relevant treatment modalities
  5. Identify the appropriate site of care for presenting conditions, including identifying emergent cases and those requiring referral or admission
  6. Identify appropriate interventions for prevention of conditions
  7. Identify the appropriate methods to detect conditions in an asymptomatic individual
  8. Differentiate between the normal and the abnormal in anatomical, physiological, laboratory findings, and other diagnostic data
  9. Appropriately use history and physical findings and diagnostic studies to formulate a differential diagnosis
  10. Provide appropriate care to patients with chronic conditions

Interpersonal and communication skills encompass verbal, nonverbal and written exchange of information. Physician assistants must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, their patients’ families, physicians, professional associates, and the health care system.

Physician assistant students/graduates are expected to:

  1. Use effective listening, nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills to elicit and provide information
  2. Appropriately adapt communication style and messages to the context of the individual patient interaction
  3. Work effectively with physicians and other health care professionals as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group
  4. Apply an understanding of human behavior

Patient care includes age-appropriate assessment, evaluation and management. Physician assistants must demonstrate care that is effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellness.

Physician assistant students/graduates are expected to:

  1. Work effectively with physicians and other health care professionals to provide patient-centered care
  2. Demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families
  3. Gather essential and accurate information about their patients
  4. Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment
  5. Develop and carry out patient management plans
  6. Counsel and educate patients and their families
  7. Competently perform medical and surgical procedures considered essential in the area of practice
  8. Provide health care services and education aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health

Professionalism is the expression of positive values and ideals as care is delivered. Foremost, it involves prioritizing the interests of those being served above one’s own Physician assistants must know their professional and personal limitations. Professionalism also requires that PAs practice without impairment from substance abuse, cognitive deficiency or mental illness. Physician assistants must demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.

Physician assistant students/graduates are expected to:'

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of legal and regulatory requirements, as well as the appropriate role of the physician assistant
  2. Develop and demonstrate professional relationships with physician supervisors and other health care providers
  3. Treat others with respect, compassion, and integrity
  4. Be prepared to be responsive to the needs of patients and society
  5. Display a commitment to ethical principles pertaining to provision of or withholding of clinical care, confidentiality of patient information, informed consent, and business practices
  6. Effectively display sensitivity and responsiveness to patients’ culture, age, gender, and disabilities

Practice-based learning and improvement includes the processes through which clinicians engage in critical analysis of their own practice experience, medical literature and other information resources for the purpose of self-improvement.

Physician assistant students/graduates are expected to:

  1. Assess, evaluate and improve their patient care practices
  2. Locate, appraise, and integrate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems
  3. Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness

Systems-based practice encompasses the societal, organizational and economic environments in which health care is delivered. Physician assistants must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of health care to provide patient care that is of optimal value. PAs should work to improve the larger health care system of which their practices are a part.

Physician assistant students/graduates are expected to:

  1. Use information technology to support patient care decisions and patient education
  2. Effectively interact with different types of medical practice and delivery systems
  3. Understand the funding sources and payment systems that provide coverage for patient care
  4. Advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities
  5. Apply medical info & clinical data systems to provide more effective, efficient patient care