Physician Assistant Studies

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The MSPAS Program at Dominican offers students a chance to develop close working relationships with experienced faculty and members of their cohort in a setting that encourages a team approach and case-based learning. 


Our Mission

At Dominican, we prepare PAs to provide compassionate, high quality, patient-centered care as members of interdisciplinary healthcare teams. To achieve this, the program provides an exemplary, active learning environment that integrates theoretical learning and inquiry skills with clinical practice. Our approach to teaching nurtures reflection, creativity, and critical thinking as core competencies of the profession. Graduates will be culturally competent, committed to lifelong learning and their professional development. They will be prepared to make significant contributions to the diverse communities that they serve and to the advancement of the PA profession.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a national leader in PA education and to prepare physician assistants of the highest quality to practice medicine, in partnership with physicians and other members of the healthcare team, in dynamic healthcare environments.

Educational Philosophy

PA students are considered lifelong learners of the art and science of medicine, as well as active learners who ask questions, uncover meaning and make informed decisions based on all available evidence.

Our students will gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to respond positively and effectively to challenges and opportunities relating to trends in healthcare delivery. You will learn in groups, through discussions and lectures and role- playing, and through the use of standardized and simulated patients, independent research, and case-based problem-solving.

Our focus on higher order of learning prepares PAs for critical thinking, ethical decision making, and the synthesis and judgment of problems, based on an integrated biopsychosocial medical model. PA students will learn to be reflective, insightful, and aware of professional roles as well as the limitations, needs, styles, and values of patients and other health professionals.

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Learning Outcomes

The following Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are the Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Program’s adaptation and adoption of Dominican's Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO). These outcomes represent the program’s commitment as a community of educators and scholars to every graduate of the PA program at Dominican. All MSPAS Program graduate students will have the opportunity to develop the following knowledge, skills, and personal capabilities throughout their studies and experiences as PAs.

ILO: Exploration and Acquisition of Knowledge
SLO1: Demonstrate core medical knowledge in biomedical and clinical sciences with its application to patient care across the lifespan.
SLO2: Employ the biopsychosocial model of patient-centered care with patients across the lifespan.

ILO: Development of Intellectual, Professional Skills
SLO3: Demonstrate the critical analysis ability using the medical literature and other information resources for self- and medical practice improvement.
SLO4: Demonstrate the commitment to life-long learning in their ongoing development of the ability to assess, evaluate, and improve their patient care practices.
SLO5: Employ self-reflective, effective communication skills as a member of interprofessional (IPE) healthcare teams.

ILO: Practice of Civic Skills and Social Responsibility
SLO6: Recognize, model, and advocate for ethical behavior in medical practice.
SLO7: Demonstrate community service and an understanding of social justice in healthcare for diverse patient populations.

ILO: Cultivation of Well-Being
SLO8: Apply strategies for self-care as a component of PA education and practice to cultivate resilience, adaptability, and tolerance for long-term success in the profession.

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