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Program Outcomes

The following are program outcomes for the South University, Richmond Physician Assistant program:

  • The program will recruit and retain a dynamic faculty with the appropriate training and experience to support the program purpose with a persistent focus on teaching excellence.
  • The program will recruit a highly qualified diverse student cohort with education and experience that will foster success in the program.
  • The program will strive to adequately prepare students for successful completion of Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and for placement in the healthcare workforce as competent physician assistants.

The objectives of the South University Physician Assistant (PA) program are to recruit qualified students from all areas and provide fair and equitable admissions criteria; make available a variety of instructional models and resources to provide the PA student with the most effective learning environments and opportunities; provide appropriate cognitive psychomotor and affective learning opportunities for PA students to achieve the necessary competency and proficiency levels expected and required of the physician assistant; provide appropriate learning opportunities for PA students that will prepare them to perform their expected competencies in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner upon graduation; prepare PA students to communicate effectively; instill the importance and value of continued education and involvement in appropriate professional and community affairs after graduation; and encourage the PA students to recognize their own strengths and limitations and interpret for others the scope and function of a physician assistant.

The Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant is supported by a community-wide network of hospitals, clinics, health agencies, and private medical practices that serve as clinical settings.

Physician Assistant Learning Outcomes

The South University Physician Assistant program expects the following outcomes for each graduate of the program. The program uses achievement of these outcomes as metrics for student competence and program effectiveness. Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to evaluate and manage patient complaints across the range of disease states in a diverse patient population.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide patient care that is effective, patient-centered, efficient, and equitable for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellness.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills that provide effective information exchange with patients, patients' families, and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Develop and demonstrate characteristics of professionalism essential to be an effective physician assistant.
  • Demonstrate the ability to determine the nature of information needed, to effectively and efficiently access information, to critically evaluate the quality and relevance of information, to incorporate the information into clinical or professional practice, and to determine potential ethical and legal dilemmas associated with the use of information.