Graduate PANCE Performance

To become a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), a graduate from an accredited program must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).  The PANCE is provided by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc. (NCCPA) and is the only certifying organization for PAs in the United States.

Benchmarks: The benchmarks that the Heritage University PA program use to measure its success are common for all programs: graduation rate and NCCPA FIRST TIME TAKER SUMMARY REPORT. As part of the mission of the PA program, another benchmark will be the number of graduates that choose to practice in rural or underserved areas.

Class 2016 Class 2017 Class 2018 Class of 2019
Graduation Rate (Benchmark 100%) 97% 97% 90% 93%
NCCPA 1st Pass Rate/National Rate (Benchmark 90%) 69%/96% 87%/97% 89.3%/100% (of 27 reported) 86%/TBD
NCCPA Pass Rate (Benchmark 100%) 97% 100% TBD TBD
Practicing in Rural Area(Benchmark 50%) 20% 20% 30% (of 27 reported) 25%
Practicing in Underserved Area1 (HPSA or MUA) (Benchmark 66%) 70% 63% 78% (of 27 reported) 43%
Practicing in Primary Care1,2 (Benchmark 50%) 42% 60% 52% (of 27 reported) 29%
% Minority/ % First Generation College/ % Rural 16/unknown/15 19/28/21 12/28/34 10/32/19

1 Data as of 12/3/19

2 Primary Care is defined as: family medicine, internal medicine, women’s health, and pediatrics.

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Maria Sanchez
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