Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession

Assessing PA Competencies

Professional competencies for physician assistants include the effective and appropriate application of medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.

Competencies for the PA Profession 2012 (PDF)
Position paper approved by the four organizations for the PA profession: NCCPA, ARC-PA, PAEA, and AAPA.

PAs: Credentialing, Privileging, and Assessing Clinical Competency (FPPE & OPPE)
A useful guide for regulators, hospitals, employers, and third-party payers.

PA Productivity (PDF)
Measuring PA productivity is important to move the profession forward. Learn about ways to measure PA value and calculate your contribution to care.

Sample Competency Assessment Tool (Coming Soon)
This sample, while specific to a PA with privileges in orthopaedics, can serve as a template for most other specialties, by aligning the specialty-specific page with the individual delineation of privileges.