Program Learning Outcomes

New graduates from New York Institute of Technology’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies will possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to demonstrate entry-level proficiency in the following program learning outcomes.

  1. Perform comprehensive and focused histories and physicals on patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. MK, IPS, CTS
  2. Formulate a differential diagnosis based upon a patient’s history and physical exam.MK, CRPS
  3. Recommend and interpret laboratory and diagnostic studies based upon a patient’s history or clinical presentation. MK, CRPS
  4. Perform diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures associated with the management of medical and minor surgical conditions. MK, CTS
  5. Diagnose common medical and psychiatric/behavioral disorders including those that are potentially life or function-threatening typically seen in a primary care setting. MK, CRPS
  6. Develop, implement and monitor management plans for emergent, acute, chronic or ongoing conditions including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches, counseling, surgery, therapeutic procedures and/or rehabilitative therapies. MK, IPS, CRPS
  7. Educate patients on health promotion and disease prevention and demonstrate a working knowledge of preventive medicine in patient interactions. MK, IPS
  8. Accurately and concisely communicate the findings of a patient encounter in written and oral forms to all members of the healthcare team. CTS, SBP
  9. Accurately and adequately, document information regarding a patient’s healthcare for medical, legal, quality, and financial (reimbursement) purposes. CTS, SBP
  10. Construct a patient-centered management plan by communicating in a culturally responsive and empathetic manner to obtain, interpret and utilize subjective information that includes the patient’s emotional, cultural and aspects of social determinants of health. IPS
  11. Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, their families and the healthcare team. IPS
  12. Demonstrate professional behavior and recognize limitations by consulting with other healthcare providers and/or referring patients to appropriate community resources as needed. P
  13. Critically evaluate the medical literature in order to use current practice guidelines and apply the principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care. CRPS, PBLI

MK=Medical Knowledge
IPS=Interpersonal Skills
CTS=Clinical and Technical Skills
CRPS=Clinical Reasoning and Problem Solving
PBLI=Problem Based Learning and Improvement
SBS=Systems Based Practice