Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies Department of Physician Assistant Studies
• Accreditation & PANCE
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The University of South Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctor of philosophy and doctor of medicine degrees.
Program accreditation has been granted by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants ( ARC-PA).
The goals and objectives of the program are guided by the criteria set forth in the Essentials and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Physician Assistant,
as established by ARC-PA.
The ARC-PA has granted Continued Accreditation
to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of South Alabama. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the Program by the ARC-PA will be September 2014.
Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), which is required by the State Board of Medical Examiners in most states to practice as a physician assistant.
Source: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Class Graduation Year
Number of First Time Takers
Program First Time Taker Pass Rate
National First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 92%
Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 93%
Overall pass rate 2011-2013: 97%