Program Goals and Outcomes

On this page, you'll find the goals and outcomes for Chatham University's MPAS program.

Program Goals

  1. To have our first-time PANCE pass rate at or above the national average each year.
  2. To maintain a graduation goal of 90% or greater.
  3. To have at least two Medically-Underserved Community (MUC) rotations as defined by the Health Resources Services Administration per student.

Program Outcomes

PANCE Passage Rate

To become a certified PA, you must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), a computer-based, multiple-choice test comprising questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge. Chatham graduates have averaged a 97% first-time pass rate over the past five years. More information on PANCE is available on the NCCPA website.

Our program goal is to have our first time PANCE pass rate at or above the national average each year. We have achieved this each year in the last 5 years.

Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report (pdf)

PANCE Performance Summary Report (pdf)

Graduation Rate and Student Attrition

Our program goal is to maintain a graduation rate of 90% or greater. The average graduation rate for the past three graduating classes is 97%. 

ARC-PA Student Attrition

 

Graduated Classes

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Class of 2021

Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)

80

80

80

Entering class size

73

74

65

Graduates

68

73

65

* Attrition rate

7%

2%

0%

**Graduation rate

93%

98%

100%

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

Medically-Underserved Community Rotations

Our program goal is to have at least two Medically-Underserved Community (MUC) rotations  as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration per student.

This goal was achieved in five of the last five years. Please see the chart below for related data.

GRADUATING CLASS YEAR

GRADUATING CLASS SIZE

NUMBER OF UNDERSERVED ROTATIONS AND AVERAGE/STUDENT

2017

72

350 (4.9/student)

2018

66

306 (4.6/student)

2019

68

271 (3.9/student)

2020

75

273 (3.64/student)

2021

65

212 (3.26/student)