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Our vision is to excel as a center of healthcare 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 healthcare 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 PA Program aims to provide a high-quality medical education experience that will challenge you 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
  • 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 is shown below. (Data from the last five years is provided below (2011-2015)). 

Mission-Related Goals

Measures

Outcomes 
* Data presented from the last 5 years 

Develop Core Medical Knowledge    PANCE Performance

97% first-time pass rate - MPAS Class of 2015
97% Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program – National Average 94% 
An official copy of the NCCPA PANCE report.

Didactic Survey Data “The program as a whole” has an average rating of 1.8 at the end of the first year and 1.9 at the end of the second year. The score is based on a scale where “1” is excellent and “6” is very poor. MPAS Class of 2015. 
Educational Effectiveness Survey Clinical preceptors rank our students “basic medical knowledge” at 1.6. The score is based on a scale where “1” is excellent and “6” is very poor. This data comes from the most recent completed clinical year (8/2014-8/2015).
Preceptor Feedback

"Your PA students are med school material- performing right up there if not better than Med students and 1st and 2nd year residents" Todd Beckstead, MD, General Surgeon at Wyoming Medical Center - Casper, WY. 

Practice Safe Medicine Graduate Survey Data Overall effectiveness in preparing students to obtain and record a thorough medical history:  1.3. The score is based on a scale where “1” is excellent and “6” is very poor. MPAS class of 2015.
PANCE 97% first-time pass rate – MPAS Class of 2015.
Employer Survey: 2 Years Post Graduate “Ability to Implement/Management Plan” 1.0. The score is based on a scale where “1” is excellent and “6” is very poor. Data is based on MPAS Class of 2013.  
Survey Comments

"Your Rocky PA students blow the competition out of the water every time - Our group has decided to ONLY take ROCKY PA students, because of their outstanding training" Stephanie Hudson PA-C, General surgery - Vancouver, WA. 

Develop Valuable Observational Skills, as Well as Technical Abilities Educational Effectiveness Survey  Clinical preceptors rank our students “Assessment/Different Diagnosis” at a 1.7 and “Ability to Perform Clinical Procedures” at 1.2. The score is based on a scale where “1” is excellent and “6” is very poor.
  Survey Comments

"I wanted to let you know that your PA student is doing phenomenal, better than I expected a PA student to do at his first rotation. He continues to exemplify the high quality of students that come from your program." Josh Beu PA-C FP, Kaiser Permante - Vancouver, WA.  

Become Analytical 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 1.7. The score is based on a scale where “1” is excellent and “6” is very poor. MPAS Class of 2015.
Educational Effectiveness Survey Clinical preceptors rank our students “Problem-Solving/Critical Thinking” 1.5. The score is based on a scale where “1” is excellent and “6” is very poor.
 
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