Physician Assistant Program Goals

1. Maintain Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) first time taker pass rates at or above the national average.

    • In order to become a certified physician assistant, all students must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). PANCE is a computerized, multiple-choice test that assesses students' practical medical and surgical knowledge.  The table below demonstrates the University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program’s success.  The goal has been achieved five out of the past six years.

Class

Number of 
First Time Takers  

Program First 
Time Taker 
Pass Rate

National First Time Taker
Pass Rate for the Class 
Graduation Year

Class of 2011

19

95%

91%

Class of 2012

26

96%

93%

Class of 2013

31

87%

94%

Class of 2014

30

100%

95%

Class of 2015

30

100%

96%

Class of 2016

28

96%

96%

2. Maintain a 95% or greater graduation rate for the students of the University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program.* 

The table below demonstrates the University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program’s success.

Class

Matriculants

Graduates

Rate

Class of 2011

19

19

100%

Class of 2012

27

26

96%

Class of 2013

31

31

100%

Class of 2014

32

30

97%*

Class of 2015

32

30

100%*

Class of 2016

30

28

97%*

Class of 2017

35

   

Class of 2018

40    

*Excluding students who elected to withdraw

3. Maintain an average score of 8 out of 10 or higher on clinical preceptor evaluations of student professionalism. 

    • The University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program teaches and promotes the importance of developing Physician Assistants who work and lead through professionalism. The Physician Assistant Studies Program tracks and monitors student professionalism during the clinical year through clinical preceptor evaluations. 
      • Preceptors evaluate students on the following professional characteristics and rank the students from 1 (marginal/failing) to 10 (exceptional):

 

Humanistic attributes

Relationships with staff and colleagues

Attitude, interest, and responsibility

Overall

Cohort 
2009-11

9.61

9.61

9.67

9.63

Cohort
2010-12

9.69

9.69

9.69

9.69

Cohort
2011-13

9.75

9.79

9.78

9.77

Cohort
2012-14

9.72

9.75

9.72

9.73

Cohort 2013-15

9.65

9.69

9.71

9.68

Cohort 2014-16

9.76

9.79

9.79

9.78

Overall

9.70

9.72 9.73 9.72
        • Humanistic attributes:  Demonstrates empathy, altruism, sensitivity, respect for the individual, professionalism.
        • Relationship with staff and colleagues:  Ability to interact cooperatively with other members of team. Respectful, professional.
        • Attitude, interest, and responsibility.  Reliable, available, prompt.

4. To have 100% of graduates employed as physician assistants within 6 months of graduation.

    • Of the 2016 graduates who responded to a university survey 6 months after graduation, 100% were employed as PAs.  See the table below for past cohorts.

      Graduate Survey Results – Employment Status

 

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

Class of 2013

Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Number of graduates

19 26 31 30 30 28

Number of students responding

10 17 11 18 16 12

Response Rate

53% 65% 35% 60% 53% 43%

Percentage of respondents employed at time of survey 

(approximately 6 months after graduation)

100% 94% 91% 100% 100% 100%

 

PA students at the University of Mount Union are sometimes offered jobs as a result of their supervised clinical practice experiences (clinical rotations).  The Student Success Center at the University assists PA students with resume´ preparation and arranges mock interviews with area employers.  When potential employers contact the program, these job openings are posted for students and alumni to review.  In 2017, the program further assisted students by holding an on-campus job fair with 8 area and regional employers represented including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with a combined total of 42 PA jobs openings.

 

 

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