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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 PA Program aims to provide a high quality medical education experience that will challenge you to:

  • Demonstrate core medical knowledge appropriate to PA professionals;
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to PA professionals;
  • Demonstrate the competencies in patient care appropriate to PA professionals; and,
  • Demonstrate professionally appropriate knowledge and behaviors

The program strives to meet its mission and goals. We acknowledge our responsibility to current and future students to show factually accurate evidence of achieving program goals. Our most recent evidence is shown below. All scores are based on a scale where “1” is excellent and “6” is very poor.

Mission-Related Goals

Instruments

Evidence

Demonstrate Core Medical Knowledge Appropriate to PA Professionals

PANCE Performance An official copy of the NCCPA PANCE report
Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 97%
Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 95%
Didactic Survey Data “The program as a whole” has an average rating of 1.5 at the end of the first year.
Preceptor Survey Clinical preceptors rank our students “factual knowledge and concepts” at 1.8.
Employer Survey 2 years out Employers rank our students basic medical knowledge at 1.4.

Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to PA professionals

Preceptor Survey Clinical preceptors rank our students ability to relate to patients and colleagues at 1.3. Students were ranked as a 1.6 on their ability to maintain a written health record and a 1.7 on oral case presentation.
Employer Survey 2 years out Employers rank our students ability to relate to patients and colleagues at 1.5 and 1.3 respectively. Students were ranked as a 1.5 on their ability to maintain a written health record.

Demonstrate competencies in patient care appropriate to PA professionals

Preceptor Survey Clinical preceptors rank our students ability to perform a medical interview at a 1.6, ability to implement a patient management plan at a 1.9 and ability to perform clinical procedures at a 2.1.
Employer Survey 2 years out Employers rank our students knowledge of diagnostic studies at a 1.5, differential diagnosis at a 1.6, and ability to form a management plan at a 1.4.

Demonstrate professionally appropriate knowledge and behaviors

Alumni Survey after one year of practice After practicing as a PA-C for one year, Professionalism courses at RMC were rated at a 1.9.
Preceptor Surveys Clinical preceptors rank our students understanding of the role of a PA at a 1.3, and their reliability, dependability and professionalism all at a 1.2. Students are rated 1.5 in their self –confidence.
 
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