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CSM Physician Assistant Program Goals

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

  • Program instruction includes lectures on the barriers to care in specific groups.
  • All students in the program complete a rotation in a rural or underserved area. 
  • Graduate survey results show 80% are working in primary care with 30% practicing in underserved areas.
  • The Program has a 5 year average PANCE pass rate of 92% for first time takers.

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

  • Clinical year preceptors indicate that 95% of CSM PA students are outstanding interprofessional healthcare team members. 
  • Preceptors reported that during clinical rotations, students have worked interprofessionally with doctors of podiatric medicine, nurse practitioners, certified diabetes educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, doctors of psychology, doctors of pharmacy, rehabilitation psychologists, certified nursing midwives, registered nurses, certified scrub technicians, X-Ray technicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered dietitians and medical coders.
  • Students learn in an interprofessional environment from guest lecturers from a variety of healthcare professions, including nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, optometrists, and ultra sound technicians.
  • Students learn how to integrate team practice in the effective diagnosis and management of disorders and disease. 
  • Students participate in college-wide interprofessional activities with other health profession students on the CSM campus.

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

  • 100% of students participate in the “Spirit of Service” day each April, giving back to the local community.
  • Students in the didactic year volunteer in a free clinic providing services to the homeless and uninsured in the metro area. 
  • 42% of clinical rotation sites are located in an underserved area.  All students complete a clinical rotation in a rural or underserved area.

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

Based on alumni surveys and program outreach, 96% of all graduates have either found employment or are participating in post-graduate training.

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

  • 99.5% of all clinical students agreed that the medical providers and support staff fostered an environment for learning. 
  • Principal faculty are assigned as the primary academic advisors for all PA students and are readily available for assistance and support.
  • Students have access to a lecture capture system, learning management system, and remote conferencing, with full support from IT technical support and Help Desk.
  • Students have access to a full-time on-campus Counselor during business hours.  The Counseling Assistant Program (CAP) is available 24/7 for students and their family.

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

  • Entering students averaged above the required minimum Overall GPA and Prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
  • 98% of surveyed applicants (2018, 2019) agreed that CSM’s PA Program Mission and Goals would impact their decision to attend.
  • 40% of students who applied were interviewed, and of those interviewed 54% were offered admission
  • 97% of surveyed applicants that interviewed with our program (2018, 2019) agreed they are more likely to attend CSM if accepted, based on their interview experience.
  • Graduate survey respondents consistently chose CSM’s Mission as one of their top reasons for attending the program. 

Expected Graduate Learning Outcomes

The student’s acquisition of medical knowledge and skills in the program are based on the biopsychosocial model of care.  This model requires knowledge and analysis of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of health and illness and the scientific and compassionate application to human structure, function, and behavior.  It also requires knowledge of the contextual and underlying factors including current medical practice concepts, clinical research in medicine and its application to clinical decision making, medical delivery and payment systems, effective utilization of communication, the values and ethics of professionalism, and self-assessment activities for continuous self-improvement and improvement of patient care.  This model of care is consistent with the mission and goals of the program.

The expected graduate learning outcomes for the program are guided by the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession.  This document defines the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes necessary for physician assistants to acquire and demonstrate.  This document was developed through a collaborative effort of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of Physician Assistants (ARC-PA), the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).

Competencies for the PA