All PA studies graduates pass national certifying exam for third year

For the third consecutive year, 100 percent of the graduates from the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program at the School of Health Professions have passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) at first attempt.

The department’s five-year first-time taker pass rate averages at 95 percent in comparison to the national average of 94 percent.

“This achievement continues to validate the quality of instruction at the Health Science Center,” said Paul B. Allen Sr., DSc, MPAS, PA-C, PA program director and chair. “These scores reflect the hard work, academic achievement and dedication to excellence of our students, faculty and staff in the department of PA studies.”

The exam is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). After passing the exam, graduates receive the NCCPA certification and may use the title Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C).

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