Competencies, PSLOs and Technical Standards

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Competencies and PSLOs

Based on the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession, adopted and revised by the NCCPA, ARC-PA, AAPA, and PAEA, the program-level student learning outcomes (PSLOs) represent the competencies expected of a SEU PA program graduate.

Graduates of the MS in Physician Assistant degree program at Saint Elizabeth University will be expected to:

  • Competency: Provide quality medical care and promote patient advocacy and social justice within the context of the larger healthcare system; participate in leadership and advocacy opportunities to support the delivery of healthcare to all individuals and advance the PA profession.
  • Promote health, wellness, and accessible care for all populations and recognize and develop strategies to address system biases and social justice issues that contribute to health care disparities;
  • Identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement to support quality patient care;
  • Advocate for and support the patient and family in obtaining quality care as they navigate the complexity of the healthcare delivery systems;
  • Demonstrate the ability to participate as a PA leaders at the local, regional, state and national levels, shaping future policy and legislation to advance the PA profession.

Technical Standards

Graduates of the SEU Physician Assistant Program are expected to provide high quality medical care to patients as compassionate, professional and knowledgeable members of the healthcare team. Therefore, students admitted into the SEU PA program must possess the ethical, physical, cognitive and behavioral abilities necessary to successfully engage in and complete the academic, clinical and professional requirements of the program.

As such, applicants must verify that they understand and are able to meet these technical standards which include communication, observation, sensory/motor function, critical thinking skills and professional attributes as detailed below.

These "technical standards" are required for admission, must be maintained throughout a student's matriculation and progress through the SEU PA Program, and are required for graduation. It is expected that students be able to adhere to the technical standards throughout all aspects of the SEU PA Program including the classroom, small group, simulation and clinical rotation courses and in all interactions with faculty, instructors, fellow students, preceptors, members of the healthcare team, patients and their families.

Standards

Notes

Applicants to the SEU PA Program do not need to disclose information about reasonable accommodation needs prior to an admission decision. Applicants accepted for admission to the SEU PA Program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards prior to matriculation. Admission decisions are made on the assumption that each candidate can meet technical standards without consideration of disability.

An offer for admission can be withdrawn if it becomes apparent that the applicant/student is unable to perform any of the essential functions or meet any of the technical standards. It should also be noted that successful completion of all clinical rotation courses is a graduation requirement, and some facilities with which the SEU PA Program affiliates may not be able to meet the same accommodations as those offered to the student by the University during the didactic portion of the curriculum.

The Office of Accessibility Services at Saint Elizabeth University provides assistance and accommodations for all students with documented physical, medical, learning, emotional and/or psychological disabilities, both temporary and permanent: www.steu.edu/accessibility.

When applying for services, students should call the Office of Accessibility Services at (973) 290-4261, email lseneca@steu.edu.