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Program Goals

Program Goals

1. Provide an effective curriculum that prepares new graduates for clinical practice.

  a. Outcome measure 1: Summative exam pass rates

  • Summative exam pass rates will be 90% for the first attempt and 100% after three attempts.

   b. Outcome measure 2: PANCE pass rates

  • The program’s first-time PANCE rate is at or above the national average.
2. Enroll and retain students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

   a. Outcome measure 1: Admissions data (underrepresented in medicine status)

  • The percentage of students who are underrepresented in medicine must be at or above the national mean per the PA Education Association.

   b. Outcome measure 2: Admissions data (age, overall undergraduate GPA, and prior healthcare experience)

  • The program’s standard deviation for age, overall undergraduate GPA, and prior healthcare employment (in weeks) must be greater than the national standard deviation as reported by the PA Education Association.

   c. Outcome measure 3: Graduation rates (i.e., 100% - % student attrition)

  • Graduation rate will remain at or above the national mean. (National mean will be calculated using 100% minus the national average of student attrition.)
3. Create opportunities for leadership development and advocacy of the physician assistant profession.

   a. Outcome measure 1: Leadership and advocacy opportunities

  • The percentage of students participating in leadership and advocacy opportunities during the program is a minimum of 30%. These opportunities may include PA professional advocacy events, as well as serving in leadership role at a program, institutional, regional, state, or national level.

   b. Outcome measure 2: Student Perceptions from Graduate Survey – Leadership development and advocacy

  • Student perceptions of the program’s ability to promote leadership development and advocacy of the PA profession must be at or above the program-defined benchmark.
4. Foster a commitment to serving the health care needs of diverse communities.

   a. Outcome measure 1: Community Service and Volunteering Opportunities

  • 100% of students will participate in at least two volunteer opportunities during the program, including free clinics, health screenings, health fairs, street medicine, community outreach, fundraising, or other efforts that support communities with limited or no access to health care.

   b. Outcome measure 2: Student Perceptions from Graduate Survey – Service-oriented culture

  • Student perceptions of the program’s ability to foster a service-oriented culture must be at or above the program-defined benchmark.

   c. Outcome measure 3: Student Perceptions from Graduate Survey – Cultural competency and humility training

  • Student perceptions of the program’s ability to integrate cultural competency and humility training throughout the didactic and clinical curriculum must be at or above the program-defined benchmark.
5. Integrate a focus on behavioral and mental health to support the emotional wellness of both patients and students.

   a. Outcome measure 1: Applied Community and Behavioral Health I-III course evaluations

  • Student perceptions collected through course evaluations from Applied Community and Behavioral Health I-III must be at or above the program-defined benchmark.

   b. Outcome measure 2: Student Perceptions from Graduate Survey – Behavioral and mental health services and resources for students

  • Student perceptions of the behavioral and mental support services and resources offered through CSUSB must be at or above the program-defined benchmark.