Program Goals

Philosophy and Core Values
University of Bridgeport’s PA program provides a comprehensive primary care education that prepares graduates to deliver high-quality healthcare to meet the needs of patients and the public. Students develop skills by progressing through a didactic and clinical phase that incorporates academic, professional and hands-on learning.

UBPAI is committed to the following core values:

  • Service
  • Collaborative Care
  • Integrative Approach
  • Global Focus

Programmatic Outcomes
Students are required to exhibit and satisfy the general competencies listed below, which are drawn and developed from the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession as adopted by the ARC-PA, NCCPA, PAEA and AAPA. For the full list of Competencies adopted by ARC-PA, NCCPA, PAEA, and AAPA, please see here.

Patient Care:

  • Demonstrate cultural competence in patient care.
  • Effectively communicate with patients.
  • Facilitate sharing of decision-making and health management with patients.
  • Advocate for disease prevention and promotion of healthy lifestyle.

Medical Knowledge:

  • Utilize biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences.
  • Pursue knowledge of up-to-date research.
  • Apply scientific knowledge to patient care.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:

  • Utilize available resources to obtain guidance for patient care.
  • Assimilate scientific evidence for improvement of patient care.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:

  • Effectively exchange information with patients and their families.
  • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals.


  • Carry out professional responsibilities.
  • Adhere to ethical principles with sensitivity towards a diverse patient population.

Systems-Based Practice:

  • Be aware and respond to changing guidelines of the health care system.
  • Utilize systematic resources to provide optimal value care.
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