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 99% 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. We have achieved this each year in the last 5 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%. The average attrition rate for the past three graduating classes is 4.3%.

Classes Graduated Current
Class Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Entering Class Size 78 78 77 72 73
Attrition
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6 12 8 7 6
Leave of absence 1 3 0 2 4
Decelerated 0 0 1 0 0
Remediated 3 0 0 0 0
Withdrawals 3 7 1 2 2
Dismissals 2 2 6 3 0
Joining class from previous class 1 1 3 1 1
Graduates 73 67 72    
Anticipated graduates       66 68

Explanation of specific terms:

  • Leave of absence is permitted for emergencies, medical reasons or military deployment.
  • * Deceleration may be granted to students who fail one course and are allowed to repeat the course by joining the next class.
  • * Remediation may be 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 can result for various reasons.
  • * Students on Leave of Absence or Deceleration may join the next year's class in order to complete the program.
* Refer to Student Manual

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
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)
2017 72 72 (100%) 350 (4.9/student)