Program Mission & Goals

The mission of the Physician Assistant Program is to educate highly qualified physician assistants with patient centered values who practice medicine confidently and ethically by demonstrating academic excellence and clinical competence. Our emphasis is on serving the medically underserved populations in Upstate New York.

Goals of the Physician Assistant Program

Goal 1

Successfully educate competent and compassionate health care providers who work collaboratively with physicians to educate, evaluate and treat members of their community

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in eliciting a medical history
  • Students will demonstrate competency in performing a physical exam
  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient assessment and management
  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient education skills
  • Graduates are delivering health care to medically underserved populations

Goal 2

Provide  a strong and rich didactic curriculum that prepares the physician assistant student for the clinical practice of medicine

Learning Outcomes

  • Students learning was enhanced by didactic curriculum
  • Students will demonstrate competence in medical decision making and problem solving
  • Students will demonstrate competency in ordering and interpretation of diagnostic studies
  • Students will demonstrate competency in performing clinical procedures
  • Employers will report graduate as competent in medical decision making and problem solving

Goal 3

Provide clinically relevant preceptorships that offer physician assistant students the opportunity to practice medicine in a supervised setting

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in eliciting a medical history
  • Students will demonstrate competency in performing a physical exam
  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient assessment and management
  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient education skills

Goal 4

Promote critical interpretation of applied professional research as well as utilization of evidence based medical literature to formulate patient management plans

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competence in critical review of medical literature
  • Students will demonstrate competence in utilization of medical literature relative to patient management
  • Students will demonstrate competency in creating and presenting Master’s Capstone Project

Goal 5

Foster a commitment to continuous learning

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate self-directed learning during didactic and clinical years
  • Students will demonstrate self-motivation and dedication to PA education and profession

Goal 6

Encourage and provide community service to further exemplify the integral role that physician assistants demonstrate in the health care setting

Learning Outcomes

  • Students arrange and participate in community volunteer programs

Program Enrollment & Graduation Data

Graduation Rate

Cohort  Admitted Graduated Percent

Class of 2011

8

8

100

Class of 2012

20

19

95

Class of 2013

30

30

100

 

 

 

 

3 Year Average

58

57

98.3%

 

 

 

 

Program Effectiveness Data

NCCPA Board Pass Rate

Cohort 

#  First Time Test Takers

Upstate PA Program
First Time Pass Rate -
# candidates

Upstate PA
Program
First Time Pass
Rate - %

Upstate PA
Program Overall
Pass Rate –

#  candidates

Upstate PA Program All Graduates Pass Rate
#  candidates

Class of 2011

8

7
88%

8

100%

Class of 2012

19

18
95%

19

100%

Class of 2013

30

27
90%

29

97%

 

 

 

 

3 Year Average

57

52
91%

56

98.2%

 

 

   

 

 

Attrition Rate

Cohort
Admitted
Program Completion  # students

Program Attrition
# students

Percent Attrition

Class of 2011

8

8

0

0

Class of 2012

20

19

1

5.0

Class of 2013

30

30

0

0

 

 

 

3 Year Average

58

57

1

1.7

 

 

 

 

 

Employment Rate
(Of all graduates who sought employment, # employed within 6 months of graduation)

Cohort 
#  graduates employed / # graduates
Percent of graduates employed

Class of 2011

8 / 8

100

Class of 2012

19 / 19

100

Class of 2013

28 / 30

93.3

 

 

 

3 Year Average

55 / 57

96.5

 

 

 

For Program accreditation information and effectiveness data please see:

John McCarty, Executive Director
ARC-PA
12000 Findley Road, Suite 150
Johns Creek, GA, 30097
Phone: 770-476-1224
Fax: 770-476-1738
Email: John McCarty to arc-pa@arc-pa.org

 

 

 

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Location:
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Phone: 315 464-4570
Email: admiss@upstate.edu