Program Goals and Outcomes
The University of Bridgeport PA students come from a variety of backgrounds. Variety of background and experience is evident based on diversity in academics, culture, race and ethnicity, and life and work experiences. The program is successful in its goals, as noted in the data below from the three most recently admitted cohorts. Students have a variety of different patient care experiences, direct patient care hours and majors. Of the three most recently admitted cohorts, over 20% were first generation college students.
o The UBPAI curriculum prepares students to manage acute, chronic, preventative, and emergent encounters in various health care settings across the lifetime. The program conducts continued analysis of the curriculum. Students’ preclinical PACKRAT scores have been above the national average overall for the last three consecutive cohorts. Students in the clinical phase have scored above the mean of all programs utilizing the EOR examinations based on evaluation of data from the most recent version of the exam.
The program has been successful in preparing students for the PANCE exam. Since 2015, the program’s all time pass rate has been 100%. The program has consistently scored above the national average for first-time PANCE pass rates since 2015.
The most recent PA program alumni survey revealed that 100% of graduates surveyed were practicing as a licensed PA. 93.58% of graduates reported success at finding employment within 3 months of obtaining licensure. Gradates practice in a variety of work settings and specialties. Of the 31% who reported ‘Other’ clinical specialties also included orthopedics, hospice, neurology, pain management, cardiology, critical care, and neonatal critical care. Graduates are practicing in over 15 states across the country with 31.9% working in medically underserved areas.
The University of Bridgeport PA program accredited in 2010 and graduated its first class in 2011. The program was started to address the need for more PAs in the healthcare system and to offer a preventive approach to medicine. The program has been granted Accreditation-Continued status by the ARC-PA. For more information regarding accreditation status please refer to: https://www.bridgeport.edu/academics/schools-colleges/physician-assistant-institute.
The program takes pride in having a student-focused approach, preparing our graduates to be skilled and competent in the clinical field. Since its inception, the program has an overall graduation rate of 96.9% (284/293).
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute will be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:
PO1: Accurately elicit and interpret an appropriate comprehensive or problem-focused history from patients of any age and gender identity in a variety of settings. (MK, ICS, PC, PROF)
PO2: Accurately perform an appropriate comprehensive or problem-focused physical examination and interpret examination findings of patients of any age and gender identity in a variety of settings. (MK, ICS, PC, PROF)
PO3: Utilize pertinent patient data and diagnostic interpretation to formulate a differential diagnosis and patient-centered management plan. (MK, ICS, PROF)
PO4: Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills to all members of the health care team, patients and families. (ICS, PC, PROF)
PO5: Apply critical thinking skills, basic and clinical science knowledge, and analysis of research to facilitate medical decision making and solve complex clinical problems. (MK, PBL)
PO6: Utilize clinical and financial resources prudently to support patient care decisions in a variety of local and global health care systems. (SBL)
PO7: Provide care to diverse patient populations and demonstrate sensitivity to culture, age, gender identity, race/ethnicity and disability. (PC, PROF, ICP)
PO8: Counsel and educate for disease prevention and health promotion minimizing barriers to care by consideration of health literacy, belief systems, and socioeconomic status. (ICS, PC)
PO9: Understand the role of the PA profession and adhere to professional and ethical standards in providing patient care. (PROF, PC)
PO10: Acknowledge and understand patient preferences in utilization of integrative and cultural practitioners. (PC, PROF, SBP)
PO11: Identify ways to improve health equity and manage the health of populations. (SBL, PC, PBL)
PO12: Accurately perform the necessary technical skills for clinical practice and identify associated indications, contraindications, outcomes and complications. (MK, PC)
PO13: Identify the roles of various providers in the healthcare team and work collaboratively within inter-professional teams. (ICS, SBL)
Definitions of the abbreviations are as follows: Medical Knowledge (MK), Interpersonal & Communication Skills (ICS), Patient Care (PC), Professionalism (PROF), Practice-based Learning & Improvement (PBL) and Systems-based Practice (SBP). Abbreviations are based on the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession found at: https://www.aapa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/PA-Competencies-updated.pdf.