Technical standards for admission to the USA Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program and completion of the Master of Health Science Degree (MHS) are listed below.
The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch,
hearing, taste, and smell. All data received by the senses must be integrated, analyzed
and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner. In addition, the individual is
expected to possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position,
equilibrium, and movement.
The student is expected to participate in and observe demonstrations and experiments
in the basic sciences.
The student is expected to be able to effectively communicate verbally and non-verbally
and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood,
activity, and postures and to perceive nonverbal communications. This requires the
ability to read, write, and effectively utilize the English language. The student
must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and other professionals.
The student is expected to be able to perform gross and fine motor movements required
to perform a complete physical examination. The student is expected to have the psychomotor
skills necessary to perform or assist with procedures, treatments, administration
of medication, managing of equipment, and emergency interventions. The student is
expected to be able to maintain consciousness and equilibrium, and have the physical
strength and stamina to perform satisfactorily in clinical experiences. The student
should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation,
auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers. The student must be able
to do laboratory tests and work with scientific and other instruments and machinery
utilized in practice as a Physician Assistant.
Critical Thinking Ability
The student is expected to have the ability to develop and refine problem-solving
skills. This includes the ability to measure, calculate, analyze and synthesize objective
as well as subjective data and make decisions that reflect consistent and thoughtful
deliberation and clinical judgment. In addition, the student should be able to comprehend
three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.
The student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound
judgment, complete assessment and intervention activities. The student is expected
to establish rapport and maintain sensitive, interpersonal relationships with individuals,
families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual
backgrounds. The student is expected to have the flexibility to function effectively
under stress. Concern for others, integrity, accountability, interest and motivation
are necessary personal qualities.
Behavioral and Social Attributes
A student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or
her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of
all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development
of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. The student must be
able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress.
The student must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility
and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems
of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills,
interest and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the
admissions and education process.
Competencies for Physician Assistant Profession
Graduates of the PA Program are expected to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism,
be able to provide excellent comprehensive patient care and have the highest level
of medical knowledge and communication skills as outlined by the Competencies for Physician Assistant Profession.