3. Functional Objective
The PA program maintains a curriculum in physician assistant studies that prepares the graduate for a national board certifying examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Meeting the Functional Objective:
UTPA Action Plan to increase NCCPA Board Scores
A PANCE improvement action plan has been initiated to increase the first time pass rate of our graduates. While the UTPA program enjoys a 93% overall NCCPA pass rate, the plan addresses the first time attempt.
1. EXAMMASTER test bank, is available to all students. Students in the clinical phase are assigned exams from EXAMMASTER to correspond to the rotation they are assigned to.
2. The development of the Academy for Success, a two week pre-matriculation preparation for the rigor of the PA curriculum, was initiated. (Implemented in the Summer of 2012 and ongoing)
3. The PA program has introduced the integrated modular curriculum format, following the success of UTMB, has been implemented starting in the fall 2012.
4. The syllabi for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course was revised into modular components and introduced team-based learning.
5. PANCEMASTER, a preparatory on line board test bank review, was purchased for student’s increased preparation for the PANCE. (Fall of 2012) (on going)
6. The implementation of the End Of Rotation Exams (EOR) from PAEA started in the Spring of 2013. (on going)
7. The PA program will continue administering the PACKRAT exam, but delay administering the exam until completion of all required clinical rotations. (on going)
8. Purchase PANCE review DVDs from John Bielinski for all students to start preparing for the PANCE this summer 2013.
9. An intensified week review course for the graduating class is scheduled in November. This is one month before graduation.
10. A comprehensive summative exam (following the NCCPA Blueprint) at the end of the PA curriculum is administered to all students. This exams alerts students to concentrate on areas of weakness prior to taking the NCCPA exam.