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Kettering College Plans for Winter 2021 Semester Due to Coronavirus

Kettering College is prepared to deliver a quality academic experience while keeping the safety of our students, staff, and faculty at the forefront as we return to campus for the winter 2021 semester.

Classes begin Monday, January 11.

  1. A blended method of instruction will be used. We will have a combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences.
  2. Clinical training will be face-to-face at clinical sites and through simulation activities on campus.
  3. Laboratory work will primarily be on campus.
  4. Lecture or didactic work will be a combination of face-to-face and online delivery.
  5. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result and complete the online screening tool before returning to campus.

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Program Goals and Outcomes


The mission of the Kettering College physician assistant studies program is to provide, in a Christian environment, the academic and clinical experience necessary to develop competent empathetic professional health care providers who are dedicated to lifelong learning.


The physician assistant course of study will produce outstanding new physician assistants. Using innovative learning methods and a commitment to mentor and empower students, Kettering College educates its PA students to exhibit the highest standards of intellectual, ethical, and spiritual maturity. They exemplify professional excellence and leadership in meeting the challenges of the profession in an evolving health care environment.


The physician assistant program is also an active member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).

  • MPAS Program Goals

    • Academic and Clinical Success

      Kettering College’s PA program utilizes a modular-based curriculum design to provide a high-quality comprehensive education. This ensures graduates possess core clinical knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences and can apply this knowledge to patient care.

      The program looks at two measures to determine effectiveness in meeting the program goal related to academic and clinical success.  The first measure is the preceptor evaluation of student performance.  The class preceptor average is expected to be satisfactory or better.  The second measure is class first-time PANCE pass rate performance compared to the national average.   The goal is to be at or above the national first-time PANCE pass rate for the class.  Preceptor evaluations of our students in the last 3 cohorts revealed these average student scores:

      Metric 2018 2019 2020
      Student’s ability to demonstrate basic science and up-to-date clinical knowledge 7.5 7.6 7.6
      Student’s ability to make informed diagnostic and therapeutic decisions 7.4 7.7 7.7


      Preceptors evaluated students using a Likert Scale of 1-9 with the following breakdown:

      Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Superior
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


      The benchmark for student success was a “4”.

    • Extensive Clinical Experiences

      Provide a wide range of clinical experiences to ensure that graduates have the broad patient exposure necessary to develop essential clinical skills.

      Clinical Rotation experiences:

      The program considers the required rotation and elective rotations to represent an extensive exposure to a diverse (location/facility, ethnicity, age, patient acuity) population of patients as preparation for entrance into the profession.  On average, students are seeing 1,275 patients throughout their clinical education.   We utilize the evaluation of procedural skills as an indication of student exposure to a vast population of patients and therapeutic interventions.  The goal is for the class average to be at or above the satisfactory rating.

      Preceptor evaluations of our students in the last 3 cohorts revealed these average student scores for:

      Metric 2018 2019 2020
      Student demonstrates procedural skills appropriate to the level of training of PA-Student 6.4 7.9 7.8


      Preceptors evaluated students using a Likert Scale of 1-9 with the following breakdown:

      Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Superior
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


      The benchmark for student success was a “4”.

    • Maintain Above Average Graduation Rates

      Maintain a three-year rolling average graduation rate at or above the national average.

      Kettering College PA Department expects the program’s graduation rates to be at or above the national average based on PAEA data as reported in the annual Program Report. Success in achieving this goal is determined by comparing the three-year rolling average graduation rate for the program to the national mean.

      • 2019 National Average: 93.6%
      • 2018, 2019, 2020 program results: 91.2%

      *Both academic and non-academic reasons for attrition are included in the program’s graduation rate results.

      We recognized the program has not quite achieved this goal. Subtle curricular modifications have been made which we suspect will help students achieve our goal moving forward.

    • Service Learning Integration

      Provide students with service learning opportunities that allow them to use their skills to demonstrate Christian compassion in our community.

      All students enrolled in the program are required to meet a minimum requirement of at least 10 hours of healthcare-related service-learning during their didactic year.

      • During the academic year, Kettering College PA students participate in a variety of service-learning activities in the community.
        • Annual Spring Into Health 5k
          • Kettering College PA Students have organized and lead this annual event for the last 11 years. They have raised more than $75,000 which has been donated to Good Neighbor House who provides basic health care to the working poor of Dayton, Ohio.
        • International Mission Trips and International Elective Rotations
          • These international experiences provide our PA students with a unique opportunity to participate in service-learning on a global scale, under the umbrella of different health care systems. Students participate in fixed and mobile clinics providing care to the medically underserved population and on the senior elective are given opportunities to share their knowledge with local staff and students.
        • Participation in Community Health Events
          • From year to year Kettering College PA students volunteer at community health events. These experiences are student-initiated and often involve providing basic health screening and/or information tailored to the needs of the community organization.

      2017-2021 program results: 100% student participation

  • MPAS End-of-Degree Student Learning Outcomes

    • Medical Knowledge

      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:

      • Recognize and explain etiologies, risk factors, underlying pathologic processes, and epidemiology for medical conditions
      • Identify signs and symptoms of medical conditions
      • Select and interpret appropriate diagnostic or lab studies
      • 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
      • Identify the appropriate site of care for presenting conditions, including identifying emergent cases and those requiring referral or admission
      • Identify appropriate interventions for prevention of conditions
      • Identify the appropriate methods to detect conditions in an asymptomatic individual
      • Differentiate between the normal and the abnormal in anatomical, physiological, laboratory findings, and other diagnostic data
      • Appropriately use history and physical findings and diagnostic studies to formulate a differential diagnosis
      • Provide appropriate care to patients with chronic conditions
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills

      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

      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

      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 Improvements

      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
    • System-Based Practice

      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

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