Technical Standards

Candidates for the Physician Assistant Program must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner without the use of trained intermediaries:

Observation: Candidates must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in basic and clinical sciences (including computer assisted instruction), and must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.

Communication: Candidates must be able to communicate accurately and with clarity, in speech and written forms, with appropriate respect and sensitivity toward faculty, patients, and all members of the health care team.

Motor: Candidates must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers.

Senses: Candidates must have sufficient use of the senses of vision, hearing, touch, and smell necessary to directly perform a physical examination.

Problem-solving: Candidates must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, and synthesize data to reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.

Clinical Skills: Candidates are expected to be able to learn and perform routine laboratory tests, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Behavioral Attributes: Candidates must possess the emotional health necessary for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of sound judgment, the prompt completion of responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with faculty, clinical staff, and patients.

Judgment: Candidates must be able to learn and demonstrate the ability to recognize limitations to their knowledge, skills, and abilities, and to seek appropriate assistance with their identified limitations.

Stability: Candidates must be able to learn to respond with precise, efficient, and appropriate action in emergency situations.

Immunizations: All candidates accepted to the program are required to have current immunization and titers. Review immunization requirements