Student Learning Outcomes
PANCE Passing Rates
Meeting the Program Goals
1. Utilizing medical knowledge and technical skills in the systematic process of patient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
The PA program’s curriculum utilizes comprehensive testing to measure medical knowledge. Each graduating class has reached a 100% pass rate in a comprehensive summative exam. Technical skills, patient evaluation and ability to formulate diagnoses and treatment plan are measured prior to graduation in the Summative Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). 95% of graduating students have received a passing score on the first try. 100% have passed after remediation.
In addition, 96% of the responding alumni agreed or strongly agreed that the PA program prepared them to utilize medical knowledge and technical skills in the systemic process of patient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. The results surpasses our 93% minimum goal.
- Incorporate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients.
In our graduate survey 96% of responding graduates agree or strongly agree that the program prepared them to incorporate critical thinking and problem solving in the care of patients. 100% of students received passing scores based on preceptor evaluations on critical thinking and medical decision making. Aggregate data across all cohorts found that clinical preceptors rated our students as having an average Likert score of 4.01 (out of 5) in critical thinking and problem solving. The results surpasses our minimum of 93% and a minimum Likert score of 4.0.
- Provide patient care consistent with current evidence-based guidelines, and legal and ethical standards.
The program incorporates curriculum to include courses in evidence-based medicine and healthcare ethics. 100% of students successfully passed these courses. In our graduate survey 96% of responding graduates agree or strongly agree that the program prepared them to incorporate critical thinking and problem solving in the care of patients. The program sets a minimum of 93%. In addition students undergo 9 clinical rotations in which the ability to provide evidence based medicine is measured. 100% of students have passed all 9 clinical rotations.
- Maintain the highest standards of conduct and professionalism in dealing with patients, their families and other health care providers, in a caring, culturally sensitive and safe manner.
The PA program stresses instilling professionalism in PA education. 100% of students have earned a passing grade in each of two Professional Practice and Policy courses. In addition 96% of graduates feel their education in the PA program prepared them to maintain the highest standards of conduct and professionalism. Clinical preceptors rated our students with a mean Likert score of 4.77 (out of 5) in professionalism across 3 cohorts. The results surpass our goal of 93% minimum and a Likert score of 4.0 minimum.
- Practice team-based, inter-professional health care.
Inter-professional exposure and immersion are core to the PA curriculum. 100% of graduating students have passed Inter-professional Education courses (IPE) during the didactic year of the program. Integrated IPE curriculum includes live simulation, workshops, and online modules. The importance of team based care is stressed in the clinical year as well. Each rotation students work in team-based care and compile reports reinforcing the importance of other members of the healthcare team. 100% of PA graduates have earned passing scores during clinical rotations. In a survey sent to graduates 96% of graduates feel their PA education prepared them to practice in team-based care. The results surpass our goal of 93% minimum.
- Give back to the community by engaging in humanitarian service, locally and/or globally.
Humanitarian service is stressed in the PA curriculum. Each student must take a course in Global Health Engagement in order to progress in the program. Across all cohorts, 100% of students have earned a passing score in this course. Students are also involved in community health outreach events on a recurring bases. These events include health fairs, health screenings, community outreach and pre PA informational events, at the college and high school levels. The result meets our activities requirement.
- Increase access to patient-centered health care by working or volunteering in rural and/or underserved regions.
In a survey sent to graduates, 94% of currently employed alumni respondents are practicing in Southern California. Of those respondents, 88% are practicing in underserved areas of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles County. A significant number of our respondents are practicing or volunteering in rural or underserved areas.
- Use acquired knowledge and skills to find gainful employment and perform effectively in existing and changing health care systems.
In a survey sent to all graduates, 94% of respondents feel their PA education prepared them to find gainful employment and perform effectively in existing and changing health care systems. In addition, 100% of respondents from the class of 2018 are currently employed. The class of 2019 have recently graduated and are currently seeking employment. The majority of our graduates have found employment. More that 93% (minimum goal) agreed that they were adequately prepared for gainful employment by the program.
*Graduate survey sent to class of 2018 and 2019 (respondents n=25).