The mission of the Program is accomplished by having graduates who meet the goals of the educational process. Graduates of the Physician Assistant Program will:
- Understand the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and be able to utilize this knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
- Understand the principles of pharmacotherapeutics and to apply them in the treatment of patients.
- Elicit a detailed, accurate history and perform a thorough physical examination.
- Understand how to order and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests in a cost efficient manner.
- Present patient data and document it appropriately in the medical record.
- Provide quality acute and ongoing patient care by appropriately delineating patient problems and by formulating and implementing patient management plans, including referrals to other healthcare providers and agencies.
- Perform or assist in the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and manage or assist in the management of medical and surgical conditions, particularly in life threatening situations.
- Understand the principles of public health and incorporate health promotion and disease prevention into a patient care practice.
- Use information technology in the provision of quality healthcare and clinical decision-making.
- Evaluate the medical literature critically and apply this knowledge and the principles of evidence-based medicine to clinical practice.
- Provide compassionate and competent healthcare to patients of all ages and backgrounds.
- Understand the medical and social issues that affect the geriatric patient and provide appropriate management of these problems.
- Counsel patients, their families and their caregivers regarding issues of health, illness and medical care.
- Understand the historical and contemporary role of the physician assistant in the healthcare system.
- Participate effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
- Understand the principles of patient oriented healthcare and to communicate clearly with patients.
- Identify the special dynamics of providing healthcare to rural or underserved populations.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior by following the American Academy of Physician Assistants' Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession.