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Physician Assistant

Mission, Goals & Philosophy


Rochester Institute of Technology’s Physician Assistant Program provides a foundation of science and liberal arts; and prepares students to provide compassionate, patient-centered healthcare.  The Program is committed to developing the ethical values, medical knowledge, professionalism, and interpersonal communication skills essential for inter-professional, team-based, clinical practice.


Medical Knowledge
Graduates will demonstrate core medical knowledge of established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and apply this knowledge to patient care.

Interpersonal & Communication Skills
Graduates will demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, families, physicians, and other members of the healthcare team.

Patient Care
Graduates will provide effective, safe, high-quality, and equitable patient care in diverse settings and across the life span.

Graduates will practice with integrity, ethical and legal responsibility, and sensitivity to diverse patient populations.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Graduates will critically analyze their practice experiences with Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and quality assurance processes to improve patient care.

Systems-based Practice
Graduates will demonstrate awareness of and responsiveness to healthcare systems, while keeping the patient at the center of cost-effective, safe care.

(Adapted from the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession, written by the AAPA, ARC-PA, PAEA, and NCCPA, 2012)


The educational philosophy of the RIT PA Program is to provide all students with the necessary liberal arts and basic science foundation necessary to build solid medical knowledge and humanistic skills by which to ultimately provide high quality patient care to future patients. The faculty views the responsibilities of role modeling and mentoring as critical to the success of assimilating students to the realities and responsibilities of medicine today. The educational philosophy incorporates the attitudes of respect for individual patients into critical decision-making through the assimilation of appropriate interpersonal skills, compassion, and a respect and reverence for the position of physician assistant.

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