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Our vision is to excel as a center of health care education dedicated to providing medical services to the underserved and rural populations of this intermountain region. 

Mission

The mission of the Rocky Mountain College Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (MPAS) is to educate primary care providers who embody a combination of academic talents of evidence-based medicine, clinical skills, and professionalism while providing compassionate health care services, particularly to those in rural and underserved areas of this region. Our graduates distinguish themselves through an emphasis on patient safety and quality improvement.

Goals

The MPAS program aims to provide a high quality medical education experience that will challenge students to:

  • Develop core medical knowledge;
  • Practice safe medicine;
  • Develop valuable observational skills, as well as technical abilities;
  • Attain fluency in the language of medicine;
  • Master electronic information literacy and technology; and
  • Become analytic thinkers dedicated to lifelong learning.

The program strives to meet its mission and goals. We acknowledge our responsibility to current and future students to clearly state our outcomes. Our most recent data from the MPAS graduating class of 2014 is shown below.

Mission-Related Goals

Measures

Outcomes 

Develop core medical knowledge    PANCE performance 100% first-time pass rate – MPAS class of 2014
96% five-year first-time taker average pass rate compared to national average of 93%
Official copy of the NCCPA PANCE report
Didactic survey data "The program as a whole" has an average rating of 4.3 at the end of the first year and again at the end of the second year. The score is based on a scale where "6" is excellent and "1" is very poor. MPAS class of 2014
Educational effectiveness survey Clinical preceptors rank our students' "basic medical knowledge" at 4.4. The scoring is based on a scale of 1 to 5 with "5" indicating an outstanding ability/knowledge. This data comes from the most recent completed clinical year (8/2013-8/2014).
Preceptor feedback "Your program is amazing! Your students come here ready to roll. I keep worrying that I'm only getting the cream of the crop! That my next student student will be a disappointment, but that just hasn't happened. Thank you for your hard work!" – Ken Ferbrache, PA-C, MPAS
Practice safe medicine Graduate survey data Overall effectiveness in preparing students to obtain and record a thorough medical history: 5.5. The scoring is based on a scale of 1 to 6 with "6" being excellent and "1" being very poor.
Employer survey: 2 years post graduate Factual Knowledge and Concepts: 4.6 The scoring is based on a scale of 1 to 5 with "5" indicating an outstanding ability/knowledge. Data is based on MPAS class of 2011.
Survey comments

"Outstanding PA. A real pleasure to work with. Very well trained with very few holes." – Dr. Andrew Castrodale

"Great student/graduate from your program. You should be very proud of her." – Dr. Rodney Joe

PANCE

100% first-time pass rate – MPAS class of 2014

Develop valuable observation skills, as well as technical abilities Educational effectiveness survey  Clinical preceptors rank our students' skills on "physical exam" at 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 with "5" indicating an outstanding ability/knowledge. This data comes from the most recent completed clinical year (8/2013-8/2014).
Become analytic thinkers dedicated to lifelong learning  Didactic survey completed at end of first year The didactic program's overall effectiveness in preparing students for clinical rotations was 5.2 on a scale of 1 to 6 with "6" being excellent and "1" being very poor.  
Educational effectiveness survey Clinical preceptors rank our students' "Problem Solving/Critical Thinking" at 4.1. This scoring is based on a scale of 1 to 5 with "5" indicating an outstanding ability/knowledge.
 
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