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Indicators of Success

PA Department Goal Achievements

Medical Knowledge
The NCCPA board scores are a good indicator of medical knowledge. The goal of the PA department is to obtain a first time passing rate in the 90 percent range. Three of the classes that graduated in the past five years have passing rates greater than 90%, most importantly the two most recent classes. 

In the graduate survey sent to the most two recent classes, 95% of the alumni agreed or strongly agreed that the course work provided solid fundamental knowledge for rotations. The practical department goal is for at least 90% of the graduates to agree or strongly agree. 

 

Communication Skills
The PA Department goal is that at least 90% of our students to average “3”or higher on all questions in the assessment tool that pertain to communication in the summative Problem Oriented Physical given to second year PA students. 

99% of the students in the last three graduating classes received a score of three or higher. 

In the graduate survey sent to the most three recent classes, 94-96% of the alumni agreed or strongly agreed that the communication skills taught in the program are used by the graduates (N=134). The practical department goal is for at least 90% of the graduates to agree or strongly agree.

 

Patient Care Knowledge
The PA Department goal is that all students earn a passing grade in clinical education rotations. The grade is composed of a preceptor evaluation, end of rotation exam, and sample patient note. 

For the last three graduating classes, 100% of all students have passed all their rotations. No unsatisfactory grades were recorded. 

 

Professionalism
The PA Department goal is for all students to achieve at least a score of 4 out of 5 points in areas of professionalism on the Clinical Preceptor Evaluation Form given to second-year PA students. For the most recent graduating class, all students were above 4 points.   94% of the class was in the 4.9 to 5.0 range. 

 

Critical Thinking
The practical PA Department working goal is that at least 80% of the students correctly diagnose a patient in a summative Problem Oriented Physical Examinations given to second year students near the end of the curriculum. 

For the last two graduating classes 87% of the students were able to correctly diagnose a patient based on history, physical exam and laboratory findings in a Problem Oriented Exam situation. 

The graduate survey sent to the most recent graduating class (response rate = 65%) indicated that 94% either moderately or greatly agreed that critical thinking skills learned in the program assist in decision making in their daily practice. 

 

Evidence Based Medicine
The program goal is for all students to achieve a passing grade on the evidence based examination taught during the first-year of the PA curriculum. 

100% of the students in the last two graduating classes have achieved passing scores, with 92% of the students achieving scores between 90-100%. 

One assessment in the graduate survey address evidence based medicine and 97.8% of the graduates in the last three classes agree or strongly agreed that they integrate scientific knowledge into clinical decision making. The Program goal is for at least 90% of alumni to agree or strongly agree.

 

Retention Rates by Graduating Year 

Class Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Retention Rate (%) 97.9 95.8 96.8 97.0 97.0 99.0
Attrition Rate (%) 2.1 4.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 1.0
Completion Rate (%) 97 97 97 97 96 99

 

Under-represented Retention Rate by Graduating Class Year 

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013                 2014

 

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

 N

 %

American Indian/Native Alaskan

   

0

NA

1

100

0

NA

0

NA

 0

 NA

Asian/Pacific Islander

   

20

100

25

100

33

100

19

95

 25

 100

Black

   

2

100

2

100

2

100

5

100

 2

 100

Hispanic

   

19

100

10

90

3

100

7

100

 4

  80

Two + Races

               

16

100

 12

 100

Unknown

   

8

88

10

100

13

100

7

100

 4

 100

 

PA Class Graduating Mean GPA

PA Graduating Class Mean GPA
2007 3.40
2008 3.45
2009 3.40
2010 3.43
2011 3.47
2012 3.51
2013 3.47
2014 3.48

 

 

NCCPA Pass Rate Summary Report

 

Aggregate Class Board Passing Rates (Total percentage of the class that has passed the boards)

PA Class PA 2008 PA 2009 PA 2010 PA 2011 PA 2012 PA 2013 PA 2014
Aggregate Pass Rate 98% 98% 100% 98% 99% 99% 98

  

Employment (%) for PA Classes

PA Class

Percent Employed

(Of those eligible to work or those responding to the survey)

 2014

 97.0

 2013

 97.0

 2012

97.1 

2011

96.4

2010

98.9

2009

97.8

2008

97.1

2007

97.1

 

Western University PA Program Highlights: 
Over 1500 graduates since 1990

953 Master of Science Degrees conferred

629 PA Certificates conferred

 

From the PA Alumni:
1 became a California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) President

2 became California elected CAPA Student Representative Board Member

3 became CAPA elected Board members

1 became a Florida State PA Academy President

1 became a member of the California Physician Assistant Committee

 

From the PA Faculty:
2 became CAPA presidents

1 became CAPA vice president

4 became CAPA board members

5 became involved in various AAPA committees or subcommittees

8 have presented CME lectures or workshops at AAPA, CAPA or PAEA