College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Master of Science Physician Assistant


CSUMB PA Program competencies are rooted in the Core Competencies for New PA Graduates which were created to ensure that new PA graduates are prepared to enter the health care work force and deliver dafe and quality care from “day one.”  These core competencies focus on the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that all PA students should be able to demonstrate by the time they graduate. They complement the ARC-PA competency domains: medical knowledge, Interpersonal, clinical and technical skills, professional behavior, and clinical reasoning, and problem-solving abilities. 
The core competencies for new PA graduates are divided into six building block domains with two additional domains that interact across all core domains:
  • Patient-centered practice knowledge
  • Society and population health
  • Health literacy and communication
  • Interprofessional collaborative practice and leadership
  • Professional and legal aspects of health care
  • Health care finance and systems
  • Cultural humility 
  • Self-assessment and ongoing professional development
The program uses these competencies to help guide curriculum development, assessment decisions, and create learning experiences that mimic the realities of today’s health care environment.