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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physician Assistant Studies, MPAS

Course of Study Teaching Goals

The overall goals of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program are to:

  • Educate PAs who are equipped through academic and clinical training to provide patient care services with the appropriate supervision of a licensed physician
  • Provide a course of professional study that provides graduates with appropriate knowledge of physical and mental disease and the skills to accurately and reliably perform the range of health care procedures and duties customarily ascribed to the PA profession
  • Foster development of the intellectual, ethical, and professional attitudes and behaviors that generate trust and respect from the patient population served by the PA
  • Prepare PAs with the knowledge, technical capabilities, and judgment necessary to perform in a professional capacity
  • Prepare PAs to serve in expanded roles, which meet developing needs in society’s health care environment
  • Prepare PAs through curriculum, clinical experiences, and role models to provide medical services to underserved patient populations where the supervising physician may be physically located at the practice site or at a site remote from the PA
  • Provide instruction that stresses the role of the PA in health maintenance and preventive medicine while also taking into consideration the social, economic, and ethical aspects of health care delivery
  • Provide didactic and clinical experiences that prepare the PA for dealing with cultural diversity in the patient population
  • Provide educational experiences that promote understanding of the interdependence of health professionals and foster an interdisciplinary team approach to the delivery of health care
  • Prepare the PA with the knowledge and skills needed to perform clinical research activities and projects
  • Prepare PAs with the knowledge and skills needed to be life-long learners and design educational activities appropriate for patients, clinical students, and colleagues
  • Provide educational experiences that stimulate active learning in the science and art of medicine and that foster a desire for continued learning as a practicing professional