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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.

  • ARC-PA STUDENT ATTRITION TEMPLATE

    Graduated Classes Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
    Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 98 98 98
    Entering class size 98 98 98
    Graduates 93 95 91
    * Attrition rate 5% 3% 7%
    **Graduation rate 95% 97% 93%

    *Attrition rate calculation:  Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.
    **Graduation rate:  Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

    Comments:
    Class 2020: Has one student pending graduation.  Would increase graduate number to 95, and change attrition rate to 3% and graduation rate to 97% once graduated.

    Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Exam Performance Summary Report

  • Western University PA Program Highlights

    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
  • Over 1500
    graduates since 1990
    953
    Master of Science Degrees conferred
    629
    PA Certificates conferred
    WesternU Pomona campus during sunset with HEC and the Daumier prominent.