For the twelfth consecutive year, DeSales University physician assistant graduates have a 100 percent first time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). The graduating class of 2013 was composed of 37 students who graduated on September 1, 2013.
PANCE, the only examination given to graduating physician assistants, must be passed in order to be eligible for licensure in all 50 states. While the DeSales Class of 2013 had a 100 percent pass rate, the national average was 95 percent. In the last 5 years, with DeSales consistent at a 100% pass rate, the national average for the same time period is 93 percent.
“We are really proud of our students and the hard work they have put in to achieve this wonderful result,” said Dr. Wayne Stuart, director of the physician assistant program.
The PA Program at DeSales first admitted students in 1997. Physician Assistants are licensed medical professionals who work under the supervision of licensed physicians. They practice in both general and specialty medicine and surgery, and perform routine duties normally reserved for physicians.
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