Competencies for Graduates

In order to prepare for certification and professional practice as a Physician Assistant, the PA student must graduate from a competency based, entry level, and accredited PA program. The Campbell PA program consists of didactic and clinical education guided by the Standards for Physician Assistant Education as set forth by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

In 2013, a set of national guidelines of competencies for the PA profession was revised and approved by the four national PA organizations. These guidelines were described in the document, “Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession,” which states that “while some competencies will be acquired during formal PA education, others will be developed and mastered as PAs progress through their careers.” In 2020 these guidelines were further refined to more accurately reflect competencies to be acquired by new graduates.

The Campbell PA Program has adopted these competencies, with recognition that a basic level of competency is required of all graduates and that competencies will continue to be developed after graduation. The Program provides specific knowledge, skills, and educational experiences requisite for PAs to acquire and demonstrate these competencies.