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Program Required Competencies

The DeSales MSPAS Program Required Competencies are as follows:

1. Knowledge for Practice

  • Demonstrate critical thinking in clinical situations
  • Access and interpret current and credible sources of medical information
  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles of epidemiology
  • Discern among acute, chronic, and emergent disease states
  • Recognize normal and abnormal health states
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis
  • Develop and implement patient management plans
  • Understand the pathophysiology of disease processes
  • Distinguish and order appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Analyze laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Understand pharmacologic principles to formulate a plan for the administration of medications
  • Recognize patient acuity for proper triage to the appropriate treatment setting
  • Initiate management and provide supportive care for acute life-threatening emergencies
  • Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of technical skills and procedures

2. Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Demonstrate culturally sensitive care
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication to elicit and provide information
  • Accurately and adequately document medical information
  • Demonstrate emotional resilience, stability, adaptability, and flexibility
  • Utilize patient-centered and culturally sensitive patient education techniques

3. Person-centered Care

  • Elicit a detailed, accurate, and comprehensive patient history
  • Organize and present data from the history and physical examination
  • Perform an appropriate physical examination
  • Apply the context of the individual’s environment and cultural influences to their care
  • Develop, implement, and monitor effectiveness of patient management plans
  • Counsel patients to participate in their care and enable shared decision-making

4. Interprofessional Collaboration

  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and other professionals
  • Recognize appropriate referral patterns
  • Recognize the importance of working collaboratively as a member of an inter- professional, patient-centered healthcare team
  • Consistently maintain professional relationships

5. Professionalism and Ethics

  • Adhere to standards of care in the role of the PA in the health care team
  • Demonstrate cultural humility and responsiveness to diverse patient populations
  • Show commitment to ethical principles
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm in learning and expand knowledge through self-directed learning
  • Demonstrate timely attendance, appropriate dress and accomplishment of assigned tasks on time
  • Demonstrate the ability to openly seek and positively respond to constructive feedback from preceptors and staff

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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)
Gambet Center