Technical Standards

The technical standards set forth by the University of Dubuque Master of Physician Assistant Studies program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students to be admitted to and successfully complete the program. These standards ensure graduates possess the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data. MPAS students must meet all technical standards upon matriculation and throughout enrollment in the program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards with reasonable accommodation, the student will be subject to dismissal. MPAS students must be fully able to perform the essential functions in each of the following categories:

  1. Observation: Acquire, assimilate, interpret, integrate and apply information from direct observation, oral and written communication of radiographic and other imaging techniques, pathologic and laboratory testing, electrocardiograms and other reports or studies.  
  2. Communication: Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, health professionals, teachers, staff and peers, both orally and in writing, and when the time available for communication is limited.  Accurately obtain a medical history from the patient or his/her health proxy. 
  3. Motor: Perform procedures fundamental to medicine, including fully participating in curriculum requirements in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.  Perform diagnostic and emergency maneuvers and procedures, such as palpation, percussion, auscultation, airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, suturing and assisting in surgery. Able to stand for prolonged periods of time. 
  4. Intellectual: Perform problem-solving tasks quickly and efficiently in an environment that may change rapidly, without warning and/or in unpredictable ways.  Comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships. 
  5. Behavior/social: Possess the emotional stability to exercise sound judgement; manage emotional stress; exhibit sufficient interpersonal skills to interact with people at all levels in a culturally diverse society; form compassionate relationships with patients while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.  

Meeting the technical standards is required but does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Students must also meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).