Chatham University

Graduate Performance on Certification Exam - PANCE and 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 94% first-time pass rate over the past five years. More information on PANCE is available on the NCCPA Web site.

Our program goal is to have our first time PANCE pass rate at or above the national average each year. In the last 5 years, we have achieved this in 3 of the years.

Click to view the PANCE Passage Rate [PDF].

Program Outcomes Data

Our program goal is to maintain academic attrition (dismissals) at a level ≤ 7%. We have achieved this goal in two of the last three graduating classes. For the Class of 2007, the academic attrition is just above the threshhold at 7.5%.

Classes Graduated Current
Class Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Entering Class Size 80 78 78 77 72
Attrition
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8 6 11 8 0
Leave of absence 1 1 3 0 0
Decelerated 0 0 0 1 0
Remediated 1 3 0 0 0
Withdrawals 5 3 7 1 0
Dismissals 2 2 2 6 0
Joining class from previous class 1 1 1 3 1
Graduates 73 73 67    
Anticipated graduates       72 73

Explanation of specific terms:

  • Leave of absence is permitted for emergencies, medical reasons or military deployment.
  • Deceleration is granted to some students who fail one course and are allowed to repeat the course by joining the next class.
  • Remediation is granted to students who fail one course but do not need to be decelerated and may graduate with their current class or those who need additional correction for deficiencies.
  • Withdrawals result for various, non-academic reasons.
  • Students on Leave of Absence or Deceleration may join the next year's class in order to complete the program.

Our program goal is to have 100% of students select at least one rotation in a Medically Underserved Community (MUC) as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

This goal was achieved in 3 of the last 5 years. Please see the chart below for related data.

Graduating Class Year Graduating Class size Selected Underserved Rotations Number of Underserved Rotations and average/student
2012 65 65 (100%) 199 (3.06/student)
2013 76 73 (96%) 221 (3.02/student)
2014 73 73 (100%) 234 (3.20/student)
2015 73 72 (99%) 249 (3.45 student)
2016 67 67 (100%) 204 (3.04/student)