Springfield College News Springfield College Physician Assistant Program Produces Perfect Pass Rate

Springfield College Physician Assistant Program Produces Perfect Pass Rate

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 00:00

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In the photo above from left to right, Springfield College Chair of the Physician Assistant Studies Department Charles Milch and Springfield College Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies David Miller.

The Springfield College Physician Assistant (PA) Program had 100 percent of their 2013 graduates pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) in their first attempt to become certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.  This marks the sixth-consecutive year that physician assistant graduates have earned a 100 percent pass rate on the national certifying exam for first-time takers. 

PANCE is a computer-based, multiple-choice test comprised of questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge.  To be eligible for PANCE, students must have graduated from a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Program.

The Springfield College PA Program educates primary care physician assistants eligible for employment in a wide variety of medical settings and specialties.  This 27-month graduate program culminates in a master of science in physician assistant studies.  Students can enter the program as a first-year student, and in six years, earn a bachelor of science in health science/pre PA and complete the master’s-level PA program.  The master of science degree is awarded at the conclusion of the PA program.