University of Dubuque PA Students Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Exam

Feb 26, 2019 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The inaugural class of University of Dubuque’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the national certification exam.

“UD PA program students are highly motivated and dedicated to fulfilling our mission of providing quality health care and improving access to care. Their performance on the national certification exam demonstrates their knowledge, commitment, and fortitude throughout the year-round 27-month curriculum and speaks volumes to the dedication of the faculty, staff, and clinical preceptors,” said Natalie Weber, PA-C, program director and assistant professor of the physician assistant studies program. 

The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) assesses basic medical and surgical knowledge. Administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, the exam must be passed by graduating physician assistants to be eligible for a state license.

“We are thrilled about this incredible achievement. The PANCE pass rate is a demonstration of the rigorous curriculum which successfully prepares PA students to enter clinical practice,” Weber said.

UD’s PA program prepares primary care physician assistants who will practice with physicians and other members of the health care team. The program is committed to developing clinicians who are educated in all aspects of health care with special emphasis on primary health care in rural and underserved areas.