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Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of South Alabama Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of South Alabama. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Graduate Performance on Certification Exam Results

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.

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination
Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report

Class

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

2010

34

100%

94%

Class of 2011

2011

35

94%

91%

Class of 2012

2012

39

92%

93%

Class of 2013

2013

37

89%

94%

Class of 2014

2014

40

95%

95%

Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 94%
Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 94%

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination
Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report


Definitions of Report Headings

Class

Class nomenclature and the individuals included in each class are determined by PA programs when assigning students to a particular class.

Class Graduation Year

Graduation year for the majority of the individuals in the specific class based on the confirmed graduation date provided by the PA program.

Number of First Time Takers

Number of individuals from the class who have taken PANCE for the first time as of the date the report was generated.

Program First Time Taker Pass Rate

Percent of the first time takers in the class who passed PANCE as of the date the report was generated.

National First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year

National percent of first time takers who passed PANCE in the calendar year corresponding to the class graduation year. National pass rate data is not provided until the full calendar year's data is available.

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