PCAP Primary Care Associate Program


Withdrawal Policies


Foothill College tuition fees may be refunded under certain circumstances. The specific policy is listed in the quarterly Foothill College Schedule of Classes. Any questions concerning tuition and fees should be directed to the Foothill College Admissions and records Office. Foothill College policy on tuition and fee refunds please see http://www.foothill.edu/reg/fees.php.

The Stanford certification fee may be refunded if the student withdraws from the course within the first month of the quarter.

Student Employment Policies

Advanced Standing

The program does not offer advanced placement.

Student Grievance and Appeal Process

A student who believes he or she has been treated improperly by the Program is entitled to a review of that action under this grievance and appeal procedure. The rights protected under this procedure include, but are not limited to those guaranteed by:

For a student in the Program, the procedure described below will be applicable and stand in place of any grievance or appeal procedure of Foothill College to contest such act, unless the Program refers the student to a Foothill College procedure.
A student who believes that he or she has been treated improperly by an action of the Program must make a reasonable, good faith attempt to resolve the matter on an informal basis. Any appropriate administrator, faculty member, or staff member may be invited to participate and assist in achieving an amicable resolution, as described above in the section on Conflict Resolution.
If the student is not satisfied with the results of the conflict resolution process, and the student believes that s/he has been treated improperly by the Program, the student may file an appeal. The action being appealed must arise from an action taken by an individual faculty member or administrator of the Program or a committee charged with administering a part of the Program. Complaints about a Program policy of general application to all students cannot be used as the basis of an individual appeal. Resolution of appeals are first handled internally. If necessary a formal hearing with Foothill and Stanford representatives is pursued.

Competencies of Program Graduates

The PCAP curriculum follows competencies guidelines established by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. These guidelines define the specific knowledge, skills, attitudes, and educational experiences needed in order to train physician assistants who provide uniformly high quality health care and demonstrate greater accountability in their profession. The competencies are:

Medical Knowledge

Medical knowledge includes an understanding of pathophysiology, patient presentation, differential diagnosis, patient management, surgical principles, health promotion and disease prevention. Physician assistants must demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care in their area of practice. In addition, physician assistants are expected to demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations. Physician assistants are expected to: 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Interpersonal and communication skills encompass verbal, nonverbal and written exchange of information. Physician assistants must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, their patients’ families, physicians, professional associates, and the health care system. Physician assistants are expected to: 

Patient Care

Patient care includes age-appropriate assessment, evaluation and management. Physician assistants must demonstrate care that is effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellness. Physician assistants are expected to: 


Professionalism is the expression of positive values and ideals as care is delivered. Foremost, it involves prioritizing the interests of those being served above one’s own. Physician assistants must know their professional and personal limitations. Professionalism also requires that PAs practice without impairment from substance abuse, cognitive deficiency or mental illness. Physician assistants must demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements. Physician assistants are expected to demonstrate: 

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Practice-based learning and improvement includes the processes through which clinicians engage in critical analysis of their own practice experience, medical literature and other information resources for the purpose of self-improvement. Physician assistants must be able to assess, evaluate and improve their patient care practices. Physician assistants are expected to: 

Systems-based Practice

Systems-based practice encompasses the societal, organizational and economic environments in which health care is delivered. Physician assistants must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of health care to provide patient care that is of optimal value. PAs should work to improve the larger health care system of which their practices are a part.
Physician assistants are expected to: 

The PA Competencies Online Center, “Physician Assistant Competencies,” National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Accessed May 20, 2009

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the Primary Care Associate Program and be awarded a Certificate of Clinical Proficiency from Stanford University School of Medicine, a student must achieve passing grade (“C” or better) in each required course in the curriculum. The student must also meet minimum passing standards of a Summative Evaluation, given at the end of their training, which includes demonstration of:

In order to graduate students must also complete payment of all tuition, fees and library charges.

Footer Links: