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Program Goals


Goal 1: Competent PAs: Graduate competent PAs who demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for excellent medical practice.
How: Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) first-time taker pass rate. The CMU Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program strives to have a PANCE first-time pass rate equal to or greater than the national average

Goal 1

Class of 2021

Class of 2022

Class of 2023

Number of Candidates Who Took PANCE

15

N/A

N/A

Number of Exams Passed (1st attempt)

15

N/A

N/A

*Program Exam Pass Rate

100%

N/A

N/A

*View NCCPA PANCE Summary Report:


Goal 2: Employment: Graduate PAs able to contribute to the delivery of health care Program goal of 95% of graduates are practicing PAs within one year of graduation.
How: Graduate data information from alumni survey

Goal 3: Serving and Leading: Actively serving in their professional organization or community.
How: Goal of at least 50% of students remain active in community service during the didactic phase. The goal is measured by an audit of student community-service hours at the end of the didactic phase.

Goal 3
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Class of 2023

% of students active in community-service during didactic phase

      100%
100% N/A



Goal 4: Program Completion: Student-centered instruction that leads to program completion.
How: Goal of at least 90% of students graduate from the program.

Goal 4

Graduated Classes

Class of 2021

Class of 2022

Class of 2023

Maximum entering class size
(as approved by
ARC-PA)

16

22

28

Entering class size

16

22

25

Graduates

15

N/A

N/A

**Graduation rate

94%

N/A

N/A

We will publish evidence of our effectiveness in meeting each of our program goals
as this information becomes available (Updated July 2021).


PANCE

The Colorado Mesa University Physician Assistant Program publishes first time Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) rates for the five most recent graduating classes as provided by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Click the link below to view the NCCPA PANCE PASS Rate Summary Report

NCCPA PANCE Summary Report


Program Student Learning Outcomes / Competencies Required for Entry Level Practice

Upon completion of the CMU PA Program, and acting in the capacity as an entry level PA, students will be able to:

 Medical Knowledge (MK)

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the biomedical, clinical, and social knowledge necessary to care for patients across all ages and a variety of settings.

 Interpersonal and Communication Skills (IC)

  1. Demonstrate an ability to elicit an accurate medical history and perform a detailed physical exam to make patient-centered diagnostic and therapeutic management plans. 
  2. Demonstrate the ability to provide appropriate patient education and interventions for individual and community disease prevention and health promotion.

  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication, which results in an exchange of information and collaboration with patients, families, caregivers, and medical professionals.

 Patient Care (PC)

  1. Apply acquired medical, behavioral, and social science knowledge necessary to evaluate, diagnose, and care for patients across the life span in a variety of clinical settings. 

  2. Demonstrate the clinical problem-solving skills necessary to develop a differential diagnosis and patient-centered diagnostic and therapeutic management plans that include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.

  3. Perform core technical skills required in primary care including diagnostic and therapeutic clinical procedures.

  4. Integrate evidence from scientific studies to make evidenced-based and culturally sensitive clinical judgments in the individualized care and management of patients.

 Professionalism (P)

  1. Demonstrate professionalism and ethical behaviors of compassion, respect, integrity, and accountability, while maintaining sensitivity and responsiveness to patients, families and the multidisciplinary healthcare team. 
  2. Demonstrate continuous self-assessment and implementation of an improvement plan that includes compassionate self-care and a commitment to life-long learning.

 


ARC-PA Student Attrition Rate

 

Graduated Classes

Class of 2021

Class of 2022

Class of 2023

Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)

16

22

28

Entering class size

16

22

25

Graduates

15

N/A

N/A

* Attrition rate

6%

4.5%

0%

**Graduation rate

94%

N/A

N/A


*Attrition rate calculation:  Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

**Graduation rate:  Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

Please note: The table above will be updated after each cohort graduation.