Physician Assistant Studies Program students are expected to perform and be competent in many functions and tasks necessary for entry-level employment as a PA. In a professional role, the physician assistant can provide medical services with the supervision of a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy in accordance with the laws of medical practice. The services must, for the safety and welfare of the patient, be of the same professional quality that would be rendered by the supervising physician. The physician assistant must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care.

Candidates for the physician assistant profession must have somatic sensation and the functional use of the senses of vision and hearing. Candidates’ diagnostic skills will also be lessened without the functional use of the senses of equilibrium, smell, and taste. Additionally, they must have sufficient exteroceptive sense (touch, pain, and temperature), and significant motor function to permit them to carry out the activities described in the sections that follow. They must be able to integrate all information received by whatever sense(s) employed, consistently, quickly, and accurately, and they must have the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data.

A candidate for the physician assistant profession must have abilities and skills including observation, communication, motor, conceptual, integrative and quantitative, and behavioral and social.

Technical Standards

Students of the Physician Assistant Studies Program must have and maintain abilities and skills as follows:

Reasonable accommodation for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, but students must be able to perform in an independent manner.

Failure to maintain any of these technical standards will cause review by the Program’s Student Progress Committee. The Committee will make recommendations as to the student’s continued enrollment in the program.