Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for the Master of Science Physician Assistant Program will provide graduates with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge within the basic sciences.
  • Perform a comprehensive culturally sensitive patient history.
  • Be aware and alert for the culturally diverse and relevant patient concerns when performing a comprehensive physical examination.
  • Perform a comprehensive history and physical examination.
  • Enhance an integrate the communication skills that allows the student to communicate effectively and sensitively with a diverse range of patients and their families.
  • Effectively communicate with members of interprofessional healthcare teams.
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills to evaluate sources of healthcare information.
  • Actively participate in community service and professional leadership opportunities that will enhance their future progression within their private communities and the physician assistant profession.
  • Articulate the rationale, including the risks and benefits of specific diagnostic tests and procedures to assess core diseases encountered in primary care community.
  • Safely gather specimens and perform routine diagnostic tests and procedures to assess core diseases encountered in primary care.
  • Integrate the knowledge of a patient’s presentation with clinical and laboratory findings, pharmacology, and clinical medicine to diagnosis and treat patients in a cost-effective manner.
  • Be aware and develop a cultural sensitivity, competency, understanding, and compassion in treating special needs patients, their families, and caregivers.
  • Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies.
  • Participate as leaders within the physician assistant profession at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
  • Enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge required to obtain and maintain licensure in New York State as a practicing physician assistant.
  • Demonstrate the ability and skills to provide primary care services across the lifespan.