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Program Learning Outcomes and Competencies

Program Learning Outcomes and Competencies

The CSUSB MSPA program strives to develop multidimensional PAs who are ready to serve the needs of individuals and communities. Upon completion of the CSUSB MSPA program, graduates are expected to have specific knowledge and skills required to enter clinical practice as a PA, known as competencies. The CSUSB MSPA program competencies and learning outcomes were developed in alignment with Competencies for the PA Profession (revised in 2021), PAEA’s Core Competencies for New Physician Assistant Graduates (revised in 2019), and the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) definition of program competencies.

Clinical Knowledge

PLO1. Integrate core knowledge about biomedical, social, behavioral, and clinical sciences into the equitable care of diverse patient populations. (MK)

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

PLO2. Demonstrate effective patient-centered communication and medical interviewing skills to gather an essential patient history. (IP)

PLO3. Provide patient education and counseling that is clear, culturally sensitive, and patient centered. (IP, MK)

PLO4. Create accurate and complete written documentation of a clinical encounter. (IP)

PLO5. Demonstrate an effective oral presentation of a clinical encounter. (IP)

Clinical and Technical Skills

PLO6. Conduct an appropriate, patient-centered physical exam. (CTS)

PLO7. Perform clinical procedures safely and with informed consent. (CTS)

Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Skills

PLO8. Analyze current scientific literature to make evidence-based clinical decisions. (CRPS, MK)

PLO9. Select and interpret laboratory tests and diagnostic studies (CRPS, MK)

PLO10. Formulate a logical and prioritized list of differential diagnoses. (CRPS)

PLO11. Synthesize a comprehensive and individualized management plan. (CRPS, MK)

Professional Development and Behaviors

PLO12. Demonstrate professional behaviors and cultural humility with patients, caregivers, and the interprofessional team. (PROF)

PLO13. Utilize professional practice knowledge and self-reflection to develop as a professional PA. (PROF)

Society and Population Health

PLO14. Evaluate the impact of social determinants of health on individual patients and communities. (CRPS)

Each program learning outcome aligns with one or more of the following ARC-PA defined competency domains:

  • MK – Medical Knowledge
  • IP – Interpersonal
  • CTS – Clinical and Technical Skills
  • PROF – Professional Behaviors
  • CRPS – Clinical Reasoning and Problem Solving