UPDATE: June 16, 2016
The first-time pass rate for the recently-graduated Class of 2016 is 97%. This is all graduates reported. First-time pass rate for the Class of 2015 was 39 out of 40, or 98% pass rate. Pass rate currently for the Class of 2015 is 100%. First time pass rate for the Class of 2014 was 31 out of 34, or 91%. Pass rate currently for the Class of 2014 is 100%.
In addition to continuous curriculum and faculty review, the following changes have been implemented in the Institute:
- Faculty restructuring and reassignment by class
- Curriculum restructured to align classes more closely to a system-based approach
- 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
- Implementation of MSPA 698 Graduate Practice Logistics which reviews important PANCE related clinical topics along with practice information for the graduate PA.
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.