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Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Program Goals

Based on our mission, the goals of the School of Physician Assistant Studies are to:

1. Graduate PAs who become certified by the NCCPA.

We use unique and innovative teaching modalities to ensure students receive the highest quality education, not only to meet their board requirements but also to become superior practicing PAs.

Measurement: 100% pass rate on the PANCE

Outcome: The 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 graduating classes have a 100% pass rate on the PANCE. The class of 2020 has a pass rate of 92.5% at this time.

2. Engage all students in active and on-going community service.

The program recognizes the importance of giving back.  Participation in community outreach events is a required element of the program. By collaborating with several local organizations, we are able to serve multiple underserved communities.  

During the Master’s Capstone Project, students identify a population health-care need within our community and develop and implement a project to help mitigate that need. Some projects in the past have included developing an animal-therapy program for individuals living in a family shelter, providing CPR training for middle school students, writing and illustrating a children’s book about asthma triggers, and teaching nutrition education to grade school students.

Measurement: All students have participated in at least three community service events during the program.

Outcome: All graduates completed at least three community service events during the time they were enrolled as a student.

3. Provide all students with experience in caring for and interacting with underserved communities to inspire graduates to provide care for underserved communities.

A priority for our clinical team is locating superior training sites and preceptors who are actively engaged in providing care for underserved populations. Additionally, students participate in activities and events that provide recurrent exposure to underserved or disadvantaged populations in order to enhance their understanding about the healthcare disparities facing these populations.  These activities may include population health lectures, a poverty simulation, guest speakers, group discussions, and community service events for the underserved.

Measurement: Upon graduation, all students will have completed at least one rotation in a health provider shortage or underserved area and will have completed all required program activities and events developed to specifically enhance student understanding of and compassion for underserved communities.

Outcome: All graduates completed at least one rotation in an underserved area and all required program activities designed to enhance student understanding of and compassion for underserved communities.  A significant number of graduates completed more than one rotation in a medically underserved area. 

Program Learning Outcomes

The School of PA Studies has defined specific competencies required for entry-level PA practice entitled Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLO’s). These are based on the competencies as defined by the PA profession.

The MBKU School of PA Studies Graduate Learning Outcomes are listed and described on the document in the link below: