The first-time pass rate for the recently graduated Class of 2014 is 91 percent. This is 34 of 34 reported.
The first-time pass rate for the Class of 2013 is 42 percent (8/19 candidates)
The current updated 2013 pass rate is 74 percent (14/19). Students who did not pass the PANCE are actively registered and eligible to take the examination. As students continue to pass the examination, the pass rate will be updated.
In addition to continuous curriculum and faculty review, the following changes have been implemented in the Institute:
- Increase in the number of faculty in the Institute
- Faculty restructuring and reassignment by class
- Instituted monthly PANCEMASTER examinations with benchmarks for students on Clinical Clerkship to enhance their preparedness for the examination
- Early identification of students at risk and direction to support services to assure their success
These are just some of the changes made by the Institute. Students in the current graduating class have shown a sincere commitment and motivation toward the goal of first-time board success. We continue to monitor, encourage, and support their progress and motivation.
To become a certified PA, you must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), a computer-based, multiple-choice test comprising 360 questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge.
To be eligible for PANCE, you must graduate from a program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) as a Physician Assistant Program or a Surgeon Assistant Program. PA program graduates will be deemed to have graduated from an accredited program if their PA educational program was accredited at the time of their matriculation.
**Even if you have earned a medical degree from another country, you must still graduate from an accredited PA program to take PANCE.
The University of Bridgeport will publish the results of each class scores on the PANCE annually. Each year the results of our graduates will be published in this area. It is the policy of the Institute to publish the PANCE results of our graduates from the last 5 years.