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Graduate Performance on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam® (PANCE)

Once available, our Program will publish the most current annual NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report (Last 5 Years) for all takers and first time takers provided by the NCCPA through its program portal, no later than April 1 of each year (the link to this report will be found here).

Student Attrition and Graduation Rates

Once available, our Program will publish the most current annual student attrition information, on the table provided by the ARC-PA, no later than April 1 of each year (the link to this information will be found here).

Program Competencies/Program Learning Outcomes

At Pitt, we prepare the next generation of providers willing to push the envelope and adapt to industry changes. The Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program curriculum is consistent with the following competencies/program learning outcomes, which were adapted from the Core Competencies for New Physician Assistant Graduates established by the Physician Assistant Education Association. As outcomes of the program, PAS-Hybrid graduates will have demonstrated their ability to:

Patient-Centered Practice Knowledge

  1. Gather clinical information, formulate differential diagnoses, order and interpret laboratory and imaging, perform necessary core duty procedures, and diagnose, prevent, treat and manage illness among acute, chronic and emerging disease states.
  2. Integrate into practice appropriate literature to make evidence-based decisions on patient care.

Society and Population Health

  1. Integrate into practice the cultural norms, needs, influences, and socioeconomic, environmental, physiological and other population-level determinants affecting the health of the individual and community being served.
  2. Integrate into practice the interventions that diminish health disparities involving race or ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status and geographic location involving the individual patient and the community being served.
  3. Integrate into practice basic principles of public health including epidemiology, disease prevention, surveillance, reporting and intervention. Provide appropriate referrals involving the public health system to ensure patient advocacy and in the maintenance of population health.

Health Literacy and Communication

  1. Communicate effectively and respectfully with patients, families and other health care professionals.

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Leadership

  1. Coordinate care to optimize the health of patients and populations.

Professional and Legal Aspects of Health Care

  1. Provide standard-of-care practice while demonstrating respect for the dignity and privacy of patients.
  2. Incorporate a personal wellness plan to prevent impairment and burnout.
  3. Demonstrate professional accountability.

Health Care Finance and Systems

  1. Differentiate the types of health care systems and health insurance coverage, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  2. Practice health care informed by an understanding of the financial implications to patients, organizations and society.
  3. Recognize personal limitations and incorporate a quality improvement process designed to maximize patient safety, prevention of medical errors and incorporation of risk management.

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