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D'Youville's physician assistant program ensures graduates are successful healthcare providers with demonstrated competency in all fields of the patient care relationship.

Physician Assistant Competencies

Upon graduation, students completing the physician assistant curriculum at D’Youville will have mastered the necessary skills to be able to perform the following tasks and functions with competency and proficiency.


Utilize knowledge acquired from biomedical, behavioral, and clinical science courses to appropriately evaluate, diagnose, and execute comprehensive healthcare plans commonly encountered in the clinical setting, with an emphasis on primary care, integrative medicine, and interprofessional collaboration. Our PA students will be equipped with the knowledge to successfully treat patients from diverse populations across the lifespan.

Interpersonal Skills

D’Youville PA students will display essential interpersonal communication skills exemplifying intellect, respect, compassion, and sensitivity to effectively communicate with patients, their families, and other healthcare providers.

Clinical and Technical Skills

Develop proficiency performing clinical and technical skills commonly employed in the primary care setting.

Professional Behaviors

Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills required to cultivate a collaborative team approach for successful patient-centered healthcare. D’Youville PA students will exhibit behavior that exemplifies cultural sensitivity and awareness across diverse patient populations. Students will recognize the roles of other health professionals and maintain a cooperative attitude while interacting with other medical providers.

Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Skills

Ability to integrate, analyze, and apply information from different sources, including but not limited to patient history and physical, laboratory and diagnostic studies, psychosocial factors, and current medical literature and guidelines when developing a comprehensive treatment plan. Utilize information technology to supplement medical knowledge in formulation of clinical treatment plan.