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.

Physician Assistants: Assessing Clinical Competence (PDF)
This is a useful guide for regulators, hospitals, employers and third-party payers.

FPPE and OPPE Are More than Just Acronyms (PDF)
This article, published in AAPA’s magazine PA Professional, speaks to the Joint Commission requirements ( and challenges) for Focused Professional Performance Evaluation and Ongoing Professional Performance Evaluation.

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.