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Learning Outcomes & Expected Competencies

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The Ithaca College MS-PAS program is committed to providing learners with a learner centered educational environment where they will receive the requisite medical knowledge to provide culturally sensitive, empathic, patient-centered, evidence-based medical care in an interprofessional healthcare team. 

Learner success in achieving the program learning outcomes and expectations will be evaluated through a variety of assessment tools such as: multiple choice examinations, interprofessional collaborative group activities and projects, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), reflection journals, clinical performance evaluations, clinical preceptor evaluations and a graduate project.

The Ithaca College MS-PAS learning outcomes and expectations are based on the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession as developed jointly by the National Commission on Accreditation of Physician Assistant (NCCPA), the Accreditation Review Commission for Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), and the American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA). 

Upon completion of the Ithaca College MS-PAS program, graduates will demonstrate entry-level proficiency as Physicians Assistants in the following domains: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, Systems-Based Practice, Professionalism, Interprofessional Collaboration, Personal & Professional Development, Leadership & Advocacy for Healthcare Equity and Access.   

Competency

Patient Care

Physician Assistants must provide patient-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective and equitable. 

Outcome Domains**
PC1 Obtain essential and accurate information about patients through thorough history taking skills. 

KNWG 

CTS 

PC2 Perform a complete and problem-focused physical examination appropriately when caring for patient in a clinical setting. 

KNWG 

CRP 

CTS 

PC3 Select and accurately interpret diagnostic studies commonly used in primary care and develop an appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment plan. 

KNWG 

CRP 

CTS 

**Key for Outcome Domains: Knowledge (KNWG), Clinical Reasoning Problem Solving (CRP), Interpersonal Skills (IS), Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS), Professionalism (PFLM) 

Competency 

Medical Knowledge

Physician Assistants must apply scientific principles and evidenced-based medicine in the management of patients. 

Outcome 

Domains** 

MK1  Demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences to manage general medical and surgical conditions in patients.  KNWG 
MK2  Demonstrate an investigative and analytical thinking approach to evaluate patients across the lifespan with signs and symptoms of medical and surgical conditions. 

KNWG 

CRP 

MK3  Apply principles of epidemiologic, social and behavioral sciences to screen asymptomatic patients for conditions, to promote disease prevention, to promote health and mental wellness. 

KNWG 

CRP 

CTS 

MK4  Synthesize history, physical findings, and appropriate diagnostic studies to formulate differential diagnoses and formulate appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment plans to manage general medical and surgical conditions in patients. 

KNWG 

CRP 

CTS 

**Key for Outcome Domains: Knowledge (KNWG), Clinical Reasoning Problem Solving (CRP), Interpersonal Skills (IS), Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS), Professionalism (PFLM) 

Competency 

INTERPERSONAL & COMMUNICATION SKILLS 

Physician Assistants must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that results in effective communication exchange with patients, patients’ families and caregivers, physicians and other healthcare professionals. 

Outcome 

Domains** 

ICS1  Create and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients using effective communication styles and skills to elicit and provide information. 

IS 

CTS 

PFLM 

ICS2  Document information, accurately and adequately, regarding care for medical, legal, quality, and financial purposes. 

IS 

CTS 

PFLM 

ICS3  Counsel and educate patients, families, and caregivers effectively using information technology and educational resources. 

IS 

CTS 

PFLM 

**Key for Outcome Domains: Knowledge (KNWG), Clinical Reasoning Problem Solving (CRP), Interpersonal Skills (IS), Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS), Professionalism (PFLM) 

Competency 

PRACTICE-BASED LEARNING & IMPROVEMENT 

Physician Assistants must critically analyze the medical literature and their own practical experiences to improve patient care. 

Outcome 

Domains** 

PBLI1  Apply patient care knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of medical literature.  KNWG 

**Key for Outcome Domains: Knowledge (KNWG), Clinical Reasoning Problem Solving (CRP), Interpersonal Skills (IS), Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS), Professionalism (PFLM) 

Competency 

SYSTEMS-BASED PRACTICE 

Physician Assistants must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of healthcare to safe quality patient care that balances quality and cost. 

Outcome 

Domains** 

SBP1  Integrate funding sources and payment systems that provide cost-effective coverage for patients, without compromising quality care in a complex healthcare delivery system. 

KNWG 

CTS 

PFLM 

**Key for Outcome Domains: Knowledge (KNWG), Clinical Reasoning Problem Solving (CRP), Interpersonal Skills (IS), Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS), Professionalism (PFLM) 

Competency  PROFESSIONALISM 

Outcome 

Domains** 

P1  Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, ethical practice, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.  

IS 

CTS 

PFLM 

P2 Demonstrate respect, compassion, integrity and accountability to self, other healthcare providers, patients, families, and society. 

IS 

PFLM 

P3 Recognize and appropriately address personal biases in diverse population to promote a safe environment for patient care. 

IS 

CTS 

PFLM 

**Key for Outcome Domains: Knowledge (KNWG), Clinical Reasoning Problem Solving (CRP), Interpersonal Skills (IS), Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS), Professionalism (PFLM) 

Competency  INTERPROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION 

Outcome 

Domains** 

IC1  Partner with physicians, other healthcare professionals, and managers to assess, coordinate, and improve the delivery of patient-centered care and outcomes using practice-based improvement activities. 

KNWG 

CRP 

IS 

CTS 

PFLM 

**Key for Outcomes Domain: Knowledge (KNWG), Clinical Reasoning Problem Solving (CRP), Interpersonal Skills (IS), Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS), Professionalism (PFLM) 

Competency 

PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Physician Assistants must acknowledge their professional and personal limitations. 

Outcome 

Domains** 

PPD1  Recognize and appropriately address gaps in medical knowledge, physical and mental limitations in self and others. 

KNWG 

IS 

CTS 

PFLM 

PPD2  Commit to excellence and ongoing professional development. 

IS 

PFLM 

**Key for Outcome Domains: Knowledge (KNWG), Clinical Reasoning Problem Solving (CRP), Interpersonal Skills (IS), Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS), Professionalism (PFLM) 

Competency 

LEADERSHIP & ADVOCACY FOR HEALTHCARE EQUITY and ACCESS 

Physician Assistants must demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice and sensitivity to diverse patient populations. 

Outcome 

Domains** 

LA1  Recognize and appropriately address system biases to promote a safe environment for patient care and quality improvement. 

KNWG 

CRP 

IS 

CTS 

PFLM 

LA2  Develop the ability to effectively attain and manage human and fiscal resources to support the healthcare institution short and long-term goals. 

KNWG 

CTS 

PFLM 

**Key for Outcome Domains: Knowledge (KNWG), Clinical Reasoning Problem Solving (CRP), Interpersonal Skills (IS), Clinical and Technical Skills (CTS), Professionalism (PFLM)