PANCE Pass Rate (partial compliance of A3.14c)

The University of Dubuque PA Class of 2022 achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the NCCPA PANCE exam. This pass rate exceeds the national average of 92%.

NCCPA Summary Program Report:

PANCE Examination Results
The Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) is the qualifying examination administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for physician assistant graduates. Following successful completion of the PANCE, a physician assistant is "certified" to practice and can use the initials "PA-C." The examination is a comprehensive assessment of an individual's clinical knowledge.

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Graduates of the program can take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). After passing PANCE, physician assistants are issued National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification. Physician assistants will then pursue licensure for practice in their state.

For the State of Iowa, physician assistants would contact:
Iowa Board of Physician Assistants
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Bldg., 5th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Phone: 515.281.4401
Fax: 515.281.3121