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Student Learning Outcomes, Program Goals and PANCE

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Student Learning Outcomes for the
Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

Upon completion of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competence in the following key areas essential for a practicing PA:

  1. Medical knowledge: Integrate understanding of the pathophysiology of disease, epidemiology and presenting signs and symptoms to arrive at a differential diagnosis, perform diagnostic work-up and manage patients across the life span including disease prevention for a variety of acute to chronic medical conditions.
  2. Interpersonal and communication skills: Employ a variety of skills including verbal, non-verbal / demonstrative and written means to effectively and ethically care for patients, their families while interacting with interdisciplinary health care team members in the care of their patients.
  3. Patient care: Effectively deliver patient care that is safe, equitable, high quality, and consistent with the patient’s value system.
  4. Professionalism: Consistently engage in professional behavior that is directed at best serving the patient but also maintaining care of self to assure the best quality care for those they serve. They will know their personal and professional limitations and know when to refer or ask for help. Graduates will be able to demonstrate sensitivity to diverse populations within an ethical practice.
  5. Practice-based learning and improvement: Critically analyze own practice experiences using current medical literature and other resources to promote self-development, practice improvement and lifelong learning.
  6. Systems-based practice: Apply leadership concepts and skills grounded in professional standards to provide cost-effective patient-centered care within variable health care systems.

Program Goals for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

  1. Maintain PANCE first time pass rate to meet or exceed national standards.
  2. Sustain an accredited program that prepares graduates with skills and knowledge base for entry into PA practice.
  3. Prepare graduates to be lifelong learners with strong ethical values and compassion for patients in their care.
  4. Develop knowledgeable and safe PAs that practice to the extent of their license.
  5. Foster inter-professional collaboration that promotes delivery of high-quality patient-centered care to patients from diverse populations.
  6. Prepare graduates to be leaders within their profession and community.

The Alverno College Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program will publish evidence of our effectiveness in meeting each of our program goals as this information becomes available.


 Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination

Physician assistant students must successfully complete and graduate from an accredited PA Program to be eligible to take the initial Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Exam scores and pass rates are made available to PA Programs serving as important benchmarks for student and program assessment. Per the accreditation standards, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) pass rates of recent graduates must be available via the PA Program website. 

PANCE Results

The Alverno College Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program will publish first time PANCE rates for the five most recent graduating classes as provided by the NCCPA. We will publish this information once it becomes available.

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