Accreditation & Outcomes

Accreditation

The Physician Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).  Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take the national certifying examination offered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  Most states require certification in order to practice.

Goals

1.  Maintain First Time Pass Rate on PANCE above the national average.
2.  Seventy-five percent of graduates will have permanent employment within four months of graduation.
3.  The percentage of new graduates who practice in primary care will be above the national average. 

PANCE

The Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Program is proud of its students’ performance on the national certification examination (PANCE).  Our pass rate has been consistently above the national rate.  While candidates are encouraged to compare first-time taker pass rates between programs, one should recognize that there are many factors beyond the graduate’s program of study that may impact certification examination performance and pass rates.  The factors include size of the PA Program, commitment to enrolling candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds and personal factors related to the graduate at the time of testing. 

The table below represents the performance of the Shenandoah University PA graduates for the past five years.  As of April 2014, the SU PA Program has graduated 307 students over eleven years and 306 have taken the national certifying examination.*  The Program’s overall pass rate for eleven years is 100% and 98% for first-time takers.   

*One student was accepted into a family medicine residency program at graduation and elected not to take the PANCE. 

 NCCPA Pass Report 2009-2013 (PDF)

Class

Class
Graduation
Year

Number of 1st
Time Takers

Program First Time Taker Pass Rate

National First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year

2009

2009

31

94%

92%

2010

2010

35

100%

94%

2011

2011

37

97%

91%

2012

2012

31

100%

93%

2013

2013

35

97%

94%

Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program:  98%

Five Year National First Time Taker Average:  93%

 

Outcomes Data 

Class Year

2012

2013

Graduates

31

35

Graduates Employed*

92%
(n=24/26) 

95%
(n=20/21)

Graduates Employed
In Primary Care** 

National Average

42%
(n=10/24)

31% 

30%
(n=6/20)

42% 

 *Within 4-6 months after graduation. **Of those employed within the 4-6 months after graduation.

 

Class Year

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Entering Class Size

38

37

42

42

42

Attrition

5

8

10

5

6

     Leave of Absence

1

0

1

1

      1

     Deceleration

1

4

2

1

0

     Withdrawals/Dismissals

3

4

7

3

4

Joining from Previous Class

4

2

3

3

2

Graduates

37

31

35 

 

 

Anticipated Graduates

 

 

 

40

38


Definitions

Attrition:  Reduction in students.

Deceleration:  Students who do not meet the academic program requirements and are allowed to join another cohort.

Leave of Absense:  Students who take a leave of absence for medical or personal reasons with approval to join another cohort at a later date.

Withdrawals:  Students who leave the program for various, non-academic reasons.

Dismissals:  Students who are asked to leave the program for academic reasons.