PA Program Competencies

Upon completion of the Physician Assistant program, graduates will demonstrate competence in each of the following domains.


  • Apply foundational medical, surgical, social, and behavioral knowledge to a variety of acute, chronic, and emergent medical conditions across the lifespan. (MK 1)
  • Locate, appraise, and integrate information from evidence-based studies to make informed decisions about patient care. (MK 2)


  • Formulate a most likely diagnosis based on an appropriate history, physical examination and diagnostic workup for a variety of acute, chronic, and emergent medical conditions, for patients across the lifespan. (CRPSA 1)
  • Recommend appropriate laboratory and diagnostic studies relevant to the chief complaint, history, and physical exam for patients across the lifespan. (CRPSA 2)
  • Relevant to the history, physical examination, and diagnostic workup, determine the appropriate interventions and management plan, including pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic, and health screening recommendations. (CRPSA 3)


  • Conduct comprehensive and focused physical and behavioral health histories and examinations appropriate to the patient presentation in a patient-centered fashion. (CTS 1)
  • Generate comprehensive and focused oral presentations and written documentation, accurately portraying the history, exam findings, and proposed plan of care. (CTS 2)
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic common medical and surgical procedures and clinical skills essential for entry into PA practice including but not limited to: local anesthetic administration; superficial wound closure (e.g., simple suturing, adhesive use, stapling); incision and drainage of abscess; superficial skin biopsy; large joint injection; Papanicolaou smear; and interpretation of diagnostic tests and imaging (e.g., plain film x-rays and EKGs). (CTS 3)


  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective patient education, and intentionally collaborate with members of the healthcare team. (IS 1)
  • Center shared-decision making with patients that considers disease prevention, health awareness, and equitable access to care. (IS 2)


  • Demonstrate accountability and integrity in actions and decision making, and a commitment to lifelong learning. (PB 1)
  • Identify the impact of structural factors, social justice, and equity on community health outcomes. (PB 2)