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CSM Physician Assistant Program Goals

The College of Saint Mary PA program will prepare all graduates to:

Goal 1:  Provide evidence-based medical education that prepares students to practice in diverse settings:

Measurement of Success: 100% of 2018 graduates completed a rotation in a rural or underserved site

Outcome: 85.7% of 2018 graduates surveyed currently practice in an underserved or primary care practice

Future Measure of Success:  80% of graduates serving underserved patient populations will report by survey that they agree or strongly agree that their PAS program experiences prepared them to serve these patients and communities.

Goal 2:  Prepare students to be effective members of the healthcare team in an in an interprofessional healthcare environment: 

Measurement of Success: 100% of 2018 graduates participated in Interprofessional experiences on the CSM campus

Outcome: Students in the class of 2018 received a mean rating of 4.86 (out of 5) on preceptor evaluations for exhibiting an open minded approach and respect when working collaboratively in IPE centered teams.

Goal 3:  Foster a culture of service and compassion and to provide for the underserved of our community:

Measurement of Success: 100% of 2018 graduates completed 6-8 hours of community service.

Outcome: 71% of 2018 graduates surveyed chose CSM because of the mission of Excellence, Service, Dignity, Compassion, Inclusivity and Integrity, spoke to them.

Goal 4:   Maintain a 100% job placement of recent graduates actively seeking employment:

Outcome: 100% of 2018 graduates are employed or in a fellowship

Goal 5:  Provide the support and opportunities necessary for each student to be successful in the program:

Measurement of Success: 100% of students in the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 demonstrated awareness of CSM support systems.

Outcome: 2018 graduates rated CSM health and counseling services above average (4.4 on a scale of 5)
                2018 graduates rated CSM academic services available above average (4 on a scale of 5)
                2018 graduates rated their overall education experience above average (4 on a scale of 5)

Goal 6:  Collaborate with CSM enrollment counselors and faculty to ensure the recruitment and development of highly-qualified, compassionate, and caring applicants to the PAS program:

Measurement of Success: 71% of 2018 graduates surveyed felt adequately prepared to enter the PAS program. 

Outcome:  Cohort 2018 mean entering GPA = 3.85
                 Cohort 2019 mean entering GPA = 3.79
                 Cohort 2020 mean entering GPA = 3.51

Upon completion of the CSM PA program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ evidence-based medicine, biomedical, and clinical science concepts in the evaluation and management of patients across the life span in a variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Obtain an appropriate history and perform a physical examination to discover the essential information needed to make accurate decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions across the lifespan.
  3. Develop patient management plans for general medical and surgical conditions across the lifespan that includes appropriate pharmacologic, preventative, education, counseling, and other treatment modalities.
  4. Demonstrate the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for making decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions related to patient care.
  5. Perform clinical procedures commonly encountered in a primary care setting
  6. Practice patient-centered care aimed at disease prevention and health promotion as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team.
  7. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills when interacting with patients, families, physicians, and other members of the health care team.
  8. Demonstrate compassion, respect, and sensitivity to patients’ culture, race, age, gender, and socioeconomic status while recognizing and addressing any health disparities that may exist. 
  9. Exhibit the professional attributes of respect, compassion, and integrity with accountability to patients, society, and the profession.
  10. Exhibit the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice towards patients, society, and the profession.
  11. Critically analyze published medical literature to make practice-based improvements and modifications to patient care.
  12. Self-evaluate behaviors and knowledge to recognize personal biases, gaps in medical knowledge, and physical limitations in themselves.
  13. Evaluate different healthcare delivery systems to provide patients with safe, cost-effective, quality care in all settings, including underserved communities.
  14. Utilize information technology resources to support clinical decision-making and appropriately document patient care.



The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) is a computer-based, multiple-choice test that assesses medical and surgical knowledge. This examination must be successfully passed in order for graduates to become eligible for licensure. 

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