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 with the last three graduating classes.

Classes Graduated Current
Class Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Entering Class Size 82 80 78 78 77
Attrition
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7 8 6 11 0
Leave of absence 2 1 1 3 0
Decelerated 0 0 0 0 0
Remediated 0 0 0 0 0
Withdrawals 4 5 3 7 0
Dismissals 1 2 2 2 0
Joining class from previous class 1 1 1 1 3
Graduates 76 73 73    
Anticipated graduates       67 80

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 and Services Administration and interpreted by Chatham to include only primary care (family practice, special population internal medicine and general pediatrics).

This goal was initiated with the class of 2012 and our hope was to achieve 100% with the class of 2015. In viewing the chart below, success is evident in the increase of both those students self-selecting MUC primary care rotations themselves and the number of actual rotations each student completed under this same definition. Student interest in MUC primary care rotations is greater over time, but not at 100%. This may be due in part to the fairly narrow parameters initially set; an examination of data under a more broad definition is underway.

Graduating Class Year # Selecting
rotations
(Class size)
Selected Underserved Rotations # Underserved
Rotations
# Students
Qualifying
for stipends
Potential #
rotations
covered
2012 65 49 (73%) 69 32 (49%) 38
2013 76 67 (88%) 97 48 (63%) 68
2014 73 57 (78%) 100 35 (48%) 66
2015 75 67 (89%) 116 64 (85%) 111
2016 68 57 (84%) 95 26* (38%) 30

*CE1-3 only covered due to timing of grant’s end.