To maintain program standards with nationally recognized governances, the overall goals for the Physician Assistant Studies program are based upon the ODU PA Program's Mission Statement, current and future healthcare needs of an ever-changing world and the dynamic requirements of the PA profession.
It is further based upon Curricular Guidelines and Competencies for the PA Profession as well as the NCCPA Code of Conduct as ascribed by the following organizations:
Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
These goals ensure that students in the PA program meet nationally recognized standards and attain knowledge, skills and assessments in order to be successful upon completion of the program. The Program will achieve its mission by accomplishing the following goals:
1. The Well Qualified Competent Physician Assistant
The Program will provide a high quality curriculum that addresses ARC-PA accreditation standards for curriculum content, PANCE Blueprint curriculum content, and current and evidence- based guidelines for quality care.
- The Program will assess student competency through assessments and evaluations in order to ensure successful completion of the Program, successful PANCE performance, and successful entry into the PA profession.
2. The Holistic Physician Assistant
- The Program will provide policies and curriculum content that identify, develop and reinforce compassion in applicants, students, and graduates.
- The Program will emphasize patient-centered care. The Program will provide curriculum content, service opportunities, and clinical experiences that address the care diverse and vulnerable populations.
- The Program will encourage participation in community service through faculty mentorship and example.
3. The Professional Physician Assistant
- The Program will monitor and promote professional behaviors during didactic and clinical years.
- Demonstrate attitudes and skills which show a commitment to professional behavior along with respect for self and others.