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Graduate Performance on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE)

See how our most recent graduates performed by accessing our NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report (Last 5 Years).

Student Attrition and Graduation Rates

Our most current information is provided below:

  Graduated Classes
  Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 48 48 48

Entering class size

48 47 48
Graduates 45 47 47
*Attrition rate 6.3% 0% 2%
**Graduation rate 93.7% 100% 98%

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

Competencies for Entry Level Practice

Organized below by domain and consistent with the Core Competencies for New Physician Assistant Graduates established by the Physician Assistant Education Association, at the completion of the program, graduates are able to:

  • Patient-Centered Practice Knowledge
    • Competency 1: Gather clinical information, formulate differential diagnoses, order and interpret laboratory and imaging, perform necessary core duty procedures, and diagnose, prevent, treat and manage illness among acute, chronic, and emerging disease states
    • Competency 2: Integrate into practice appropriate literature to make evidence-based decisions on patient care
  • Society and Population Health
    • Competency 3: Integrate into practice the cultural norms, needs, influences, and socioeconomic, environmental, physiological and other population-level determinants affecting the health of the individual and community being served
    • Competency 4: Integrate into practice the interventions that diminish health disparities involving race or ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and geographic location involving the individual patient and the community being served
    • Competency 5: Integrate into practice basic principles of public health including epidemiology, disease prevention, surveillance, reporting and intervention. Provide appropriate referrals involving the public health system to ensure patient advocacy and in the maintenance of population health
  • Health Literacy and Communication
    • Competency 6: Communicate effectively and respectfully with patients, families, and other health care professionals
  • Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Leadership
    • Competency 7: Coordinate care to optimize the health of patients and populations
  • Professional and Legal Aspects of Health Care
    • Competency 8: Provide standard-of-care practice while demonstrating respect for the dignity and privacy of patients
    • Competency 9: Incorporate a personal wellness plan to prevent impairment and burnout
    • Competency 10: Demonstrate professional accountability
  • Health Care Finance and Systems
    • Competency 11: Differentiate the types of health care systems and health insurance coverage, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program
    • Competency 12: Practice health care informed by an understanding of the financial implications to patients, organizations, and society
    • Competency 13: Recognize personal limitations and incorporate a quality improvement process designed to maximize patient safety, prevention of medical errors, and incorporation of risk management



Certified Physician Assistants can work in any of the following settings and have the flexibility to move between areas:

  • Primary Care
    • Family Medicine
    • General Internal Medicine
    • General Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine Specialties and Subspecialties
    • Cardiology
    • Critical Care
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastrenterology
    • Hematology and Oncology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology
    • Pulmonology
    • Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Subspecialties
  • Surgical Specialties and Subspecialties
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Colon & Rectal Surgery
    • Neurosurgery
    • Oncology Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Otolaryngology
    • Pediatric Surgery
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Thoracic Surgery
    • Transplant Surgery
    • Trauma Surgery
    • Urology
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Other Surgical Subspecialties
  • Public Health
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Urgent Care
  • Others