Program Required Competencies

As part of the requirements of the Program, students are required to learn and demonstrate satisfactory competency in the following technical skills and procedures:

  • Apply HIPAA policies
  • Explain and obtain informed consent
  • Apply principles of universal precautions
  • Obtain and document a complete medical history
  • Perform and document a complete physical exam
  • Perform a focused exam and document in SOAP format
  • Identify normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology in a patient
  • Correlate abnormal physical examination findings with a disease process
  • Generate a problem list
  • Generate a differential diagnosis
  • Identify conditions that constitute a medical emergency
  • Recognize indications for hospital admission
  • Write hospital admission orders, progress, and discharge notes
  • Write a procedure/surgical note
  • Orally present a medical history, physical exam, differential diagnosis, and treatment plan
  • Interact effectively within interprofessional teams
  • Recognize the timeliness and appropriateness of a referral
  • Write a referral/consultation note
  • Generate and deliver patient education
  • Develop and document a treatment plan/discharge plan
  • Select appropriate clinical therapeutics and calculate dosages
  • Write a prescription
  • Use appropriate clinical reference materials
  • Prepare and handle laboratory specimens
  • Order appropriate laboratory tests and interpret results
  • Order appropriate diagnostic imaging studies and interpret results
  • Initiate and manage IV fluid resuscitation
  • Obtain and evaluate vital signs to include blood pressure, temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, and oxygen saturation
  • Perform and interpret an electrocardiogram
  • Prepare and maintain a sterile field
  • Perform surgical scrub, sterile gowning and gloving
  • Administer appropriate procedural anesthesia
  • Prepare a wound for closure
  • Close a wound using suture, staples, and/or adhesives
  • Apply an appropriate dressing and bandage
  • Choose and apply an appropriate type of splint
  • Choose and apply an appropriate type of cast and remove the cast
  • Perform venipuncture
  • Administer intradermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular injections
  • Obtain a pap smear
  • Use counseling techniques in a primary care setting
  • Recommend appropriate screening tests for age and gender

At the completion of the program, the physician assistant student should be able to demonstrate proficiency, or at minimum, explain with progression toward competency post-graduation:

  • Urinary catheterization
  • Spirometry
  • Airway management/endotracheal intubation
  • Evaluation and management of an eye injury or complaint
  • Ocular tonometry
  • Epistaxis management
  • Foreign body removal from the skin, nose, ears, eyes
  • Dermal biopsy
  • Nasogastric intubation
  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Ingrown toenail removal
  • Subungual hematoma evacuation
  • Cerumen removal
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Arthrocentesis and joint injection
  • Burn care
  • Arterial puncture
  • Dislocation reduction
  • Spine stabilization and support
  • Intraosseous access
  • Central line placement and care