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Graduate Competencies and Program Expectations


      Using appropriate interpersonal skills, the graduate will be able to:

  • Elicit a detailed and accurate history, and perform a comprehensive and focused physical exam.

  • Communicate effectively as a health care professional.

  • Function effectively with other members of the healthcare team in providing appropriate patient care.

  • Analyze, integrate, and synthesize data from the patient medical record across the lifespan.

  • Identify, order, perform, and interpret the appropriate diagnostic studies or procedures.

  • Formulate and document an individual management plan for a patient regardless of age, gender, or condition..

  • Consult with and involve other health care professionals in the management of a patient as appropriate in order to maximize care.

  • Provide health education to the patient, his / her family members, or significant others.

  • Perform the following clinical skills as dictated by the situation:
    venipuncture; nasogastric tube placement; intubation; casting; splinting; suturing; urinary catheterization; speculum exam; ECGs; arterial blood gasses; injections; arthrocentesis; and incision and drainage.

  • Manage life-threatening emergencies by employing ACLS and/or BCLS.

  • Promote and maintain professional competencies and life-long learning.

  • Promote ongoing acceptance and understanding of the PA's role by practicing collegially with other health care professionals.


Last Updated: 10/7/14