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Program Competencies: Expectations of Graduates

Each student who successfully completes the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program is expected to possess the following skills, characteristics and attributes. The expectations have been developed to align with professional standards put forth by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

  1. Demonstrate the biomedical knowledge required to care for patients seeking services for preventive, emergent, acute, and chronic healthcare during any stage in a patient’s lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to elicit an appropriate and essential medical history from any patient, as based upon presenting complaint, co-morbid conditions, age, gender, race and socio-economic position.
  3. Demonstrate the psychomotor skills necessary to complete a full or problem focused physical examination, as may be required in preventive, emergent, acute, or chronic care settings.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to gather and analyze patient care data effectively, leading to the development of differential diagnoses and effective clinical decision making.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to develop appropriate and complete diagnostic evaluations.
  6. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to develop treatment management plans for patients seeking care in preventive, emergent, acute, and chronic care settings.
  7. Demonstrate communication skills that support the delivery of sound patient education to diverse populations in such a manner that facilitates patient understanding.
  8. Possess the skills necessary to develop and maintain medical records that will support inter-professional communication and minimize errors in care delivery.
  9. Provide clinical procedures and testing in a safe and competent manner, as may be required in preventive, emergent, acute, and chronic care settings.
  10. Apply evidenced based medicine concepts in an effort to improve patient outcomes and patient understanding of the care that they receive.
  11. Adhere to the “Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession”, established by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.