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 92% 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 with the last three graduating classes.

Classes Graduated Current
Class Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Entering Class Size 72 72 82 80 78
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12 12 7 8 4
Leave of absence 4 3 2 1 2
Decelerated 2 1 0 0 0
Remediated 5 4 0 0 0
Withdrawals 2 3 4 5 2
Dismissals 4 5 1 2 0
Joining class from previous class 0 5 1 1 1
Graduates 60 65 76    
Anticipated graduates       73 75

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 have 100% of students select at least one rotation in a Medically Underserved Community (MUC) as defined by the Health Resources Services Administration by the class of 2014 beginning with the class of 2012. Of 65 students in the graduating class of 2012, 49 or 75% self-selected primary care rotations in MUCs. Of 76 students in the class of 2013, 63 or 82% self-selected primary care rotations in MUC. Of 73 students in the graduating class of 2014, 60 or 82% self-selected primary care rotations in MUC.